10 June 2020
ECRE give an overview of the ongoing violent situation at the Croatian borders.
"The Guardian reveals new details of Croatian authorities push-back operations at the border with Bosnia-Herzegovina between 6 and 7 of May 2020, involving more than 30 people, mainly from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
According to the testimonies collected by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), people were forced to enter in a van around Rijeka and driven to the border with Bosnia although some of them requested to apply for asylum. At the border, they underwent different kinds of humiliations by the police including beatings, burning of their belongings. Some officers used spay-painting on their heads while laughing and drinking beers before they were pushed back to the other side of the border.
A report by the Centre for Peace Studies and the Welcome! Initiative Report on violent and illegal expulsion of children and unaccompanied minors published at the end of May documented the repeated use of violence at the borders also against children."
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