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The officers kept them in the van for 48 hours without supplies, with the intention to force the minor to falsely declare himself as an adult

Date & Time 2023-11-22
Location Vrhovine, Croatia
Reported by Anonymous Partner
Coordinates 44.8489593, 15.4270638
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Bosnia
Taken to a police station yes
Minors involved yes
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 16 - 30
Group size 3
Countries of origin Morocco
Treatment at police station or other place of detention detention, personal information taken, denial of food/water
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), insulting, theft of personal belongings
Police involved Croatian police, the interviewed doesn't remeber the clothes or any detail

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.