Human rights organizations accuse Croatia of brutality towards immigrants from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. On Friday, Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bożinović admitted that Croatian policemen had participated in the “incident” on the border with Bosnia.
After reports from the European media, “the chief police officer immediately created a team of experts who concluded that the incident was attended by policemen,” said Bożinović, who was in Luxembourg at a meeting of EU interior ministers. He added that it assumed a one-off such act of violence and abuse of power. The minister also said that the details of the case would soon be made available by the police chief.
Croatia accused of brutality against migrants
Journalists from international news agencies, gathered around the non-profit organization Lighthouse Reports, conducted a joint investigation for eight months, which resulted in the production of footage showing the incidents on the Croatian-Bosnian border.
The recordings contain, inter alia, the repeated repulsion of a migrant by a man in a police uniform 11 times. The video also shows a policeman in a balaclava forcing a migrant to go to the Bosnian side. – Croatian policemen told journalists that their actions were part of a national action code-named “Corridor” – said Klaas Van Dijken, representative of Lighthouse Reports. Human rights organizations accuse Croatia of brutality towards immigrants from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, for whom Bosnia has become a “bottleneck” on the way to EU countries. Many countries closed their borders to block migration paths through the Balkans.
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