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The 17-year-old female minor was forced to sign as an adult

Date & Time 2018-09-25
Location Close to Vinica, Slowenien
Reported by Balkan Info Van
Coordinates 45.4614158, 15.253571
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Bosnia
Taken to a police station yes
Minors involved yes
WLTI* involved yes
Men involved yes
Age 17 - 26
Group size 7
Countries of origin Syria
Treatment at police station or other place of detention detention, personal information taken, papers signed
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved unknown
Violence used insulting
Police involved Several Croatian border police officers in sky blue uniforms, aided by Slovenian border officers, 1 estate car

The group of seven, including women, men and one minor, walked for four days through the Croatian forests. Their interaction with the authorities began near the Croatian border with Slovenia. The group was walking beside the border river and were observed by Slovenian officials from the far bank. The border officers pointed flashlights in their direction and shouted at them to go back. Soon after, some Croatian officers caught them and transported them to a police station. The seven individuals asked for asylum but the officers simply ignored the request. When one man began to insist, one of the officers just shrugged his shoulders, saying:

“I don’t know.”

The officers took their names and other personal details and forced them to sign papers. The 17-year-old female minor was forced to sign as an adult. When the group questioned this, the officers started to shout and harass her. They hurried the process by shouting: “Name, photo and go!”
After this, the group was put into two separate cells, one for the men and one for the women. They were detained there for around six hours.

“There was no window, no air in the cells.”

The small cells were around 2 x 2 meters big with one single bed, and not enough space for the individuals to lie down or sit comfortably.
Finally, they were driven with what the respondents described as an estate car for around five hours to the Bosnian border. The journey was sickening due to the stuffy air and heat inside the car. The seven of them had to get off at a rural border spot leading down onto a steep section of the Gina river. Then, the officers pushed them towards the border and told them to walk back to Velika Kladusa (BIH). It was just daybreak when they started walking and in the early afternoon they finally arrived back to the camp.