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The 4 people were beaten one after the other, by 2 policemen who beat each person for about 20 minutes

Date & Time 2017-08-09
Location Vinkovci, Croatia
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 45.14545861, 19.16719696
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station yes
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved no
Age 19 - 20
Group size 4
Countries of origin Pakistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention denial of food/water
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 2
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), theft of personal belongings
Police involved 2 police officers from Vinkovci

4 people from Pakistan were pushed-back to Serbia on September 8th, 2017. They were 4 people in a taxi with one taxi driver. A police car stopped the taxi and asked them to come into the police car. They were brought to the police station in Vinkovci.

In a closed room inside the police station, the police started beating them. Inside this small room, they were beaten one after the other, by 2 policemen who beat each person for about 20 minutes. They were asking them if they understood English, and asked for some information about the taxi, to check if they were English speakers. In the hopes of not being beaten, 2 people pretended that they didn’t speak or understand any English.

When they asked for asylum, the police officers answered: “If you don’t speak English I don’t give asylum”. They stayed 2 hours at the police station. Each person was being beaten for approximately 20-30 minutes. One of them was punched in the thorax and in the back. He still felt pain in his shoulder and his thorax at the time of the interview.

The people-on-the-move asked for water, but the police refused to give them some. The police took 2 phones and checked the contacts, and they didn’t give them back. Afterwards the police pushed them back to Serbia. They were  brought by a van to the border at the railway tracks. The police opened the doors of the van and ordered them to run.