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We suffered an hour and a half of continuous beatings and torture while we were drowning in our own blood.

Date & Time 2023-11-13
Location Maljevac, Croatia
Reported by Anonymous
Coordinates 45.195564187984, 15.794256942878
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Bosnia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age unknown
Group size 12
Countries of origin Morocco
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking
Police involved The respondent claimed that it was night and dark and many officers were present but he could not recognize how many or what they were wearing

On the night of the 13th November at 11 pm, a group of 12 Moroccans people, were pushed back from Croatia to Bosnia, at the border near the Croatian city of Maljevac.

The respondent of this testimony is a 28 years old man from Morocco that, with his transit group, crossed the border between Bosnia and Croatia during the night of the 13th November. As soon as they crossed the border,  they got arrested. The respondent refers that the individuals who arrested them could resemble to the border police officers and the respondent said there were many of this individuals standing just after the border, to observe.

They saw the group of Moroccans from afar with thermal binoculars, even before they crossed the border. The respondent claimed that they waited for them to cross the border and then trapped them, stood behind them and blocked their way back to Bosnia. They surrounded them.

“We suffered an hour and a half of continuous beatings and torture while we were drowning in our own blood. Someone hit me several times on the head with a pistol grip. They also hit my friend in the mouth with a shoe and broke one or two of his teeth. I think they were drunk because they were hysterical and laughing.”

The respondent claimed that the people who arrested and hit them, were Croatian police officers because they told them that if they tried to go back to Croatia again they would kill them. They told the Moroccans that Croatia belongs to Croats and not to Moroccans, Afghans or Pakistanis.
After beating the group, they sent the 12 people back to Bosnia Herzegovina, from the area of Maljevac.