The respondent is a 21 years old man from Morocco. He was traveling with another 2 people and they were pushed back from Croatia to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday 22nd of November, around 4 pm.
The respondent reported that uniformed individuals, that he identified as police officers, found the three of them at the train station and took them to the police station, where they were asked about their origin, passports, and ages. At that point, one of the people in the transit group made them aware that he was underage. The group was then placed in a white van with a blue stripe, that had the word ‘Police’ written on it. The respondent states that the authorities kept them confined in the van for 48 hours without provisions, with the intention to coerce the underage person into altering his testimony and falsely claiming to be over 18. In the van, the respondent describes, the officers also started to beat them with a stick. Police officers rotated in shifts. In the end, the authorities confiscated their money and phones.
Following this, the the group was pushed back at the border, forced to cross back to Bosnia and Herzegovina.