Croatian police officers arrested Afghan bearer for beating

The arrest follows a series of complaints of abuse and torture by Croatian law enforcement against those who have crossed Bosnia

Two Croatian police officers were arrested on Thursday for allegedly beating up refugees as the United Nations urged them to immediately investigate reports of excessive use of force against immigrants.

In Karlovac, 35 miles southwest of Zagreb, two officials have been accused of injuring an Afghan man who crossed the Bosnian border after police gave him a leading Croatian newspaper, 24 SATA.

Officers were detained for 30 days and disciplinary action was initiated against them.

One was accused of “causing bodily harm” and the other was failing to report a crime.

Karlovac police say an Afghan man suspected of illegally entering Croatia on the evening of June 11 ended up at a police station in Sluj‌.

Force 24 told SATA that after the investigation, it was decided to indict the two officers, one of whom injured a foreign national and the other failed to report the alleged attack.

This is the first incident in which a Croatian police officer has been arrested for alleged attacks on immigrants, and several unions have recently been reporting on the abuse and atrocities of Croatian law enforcement on those who cross the border into Bosnia. Come to Europe.

One of the latest incidents reported by the Guardian, although Croatian authorities have vehemently denied it, is that aid workers have been the most violent in the Balkan migration crisis. On May 26, a group of 11 Pakistanis and five Afghans dressed in black uniforms and ballet class stopped at Plitvice Lakes, 16 km (10 miles) from Croatia, on the Bosnian border.

According to immigrants' testimony, they were stabbed with knives, electro-shock and trees. According to a report by the Danish Refugee Council, which provides health care to refugees in Bosnia, "his wrists were tied to the trees." "Once these men were unable to move, the men in uniform fired several bullets into the air. The guns were placed near the men's ears. Bullets were also fired from close to his feet."

One man told the guardian: "They were shooting. They were shooting very close. The rocks were flying and breaking under our feet. They kept saying: 'I want to kill you. They tortured us for three to four hours.'

On Friday, UN special rappers urged Croatia to "investigate reports of excessive use of law enforcement personnel against immigrants, including torture and ill-treatment, and accept liability." .

In a joint statement, Felipe Gonzalez Morales, a special synergy of immigrants and Nils Melzer's human rights on violence and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, said: "We are deeply concerned about the repeated and persistent disproportionate use of immigrants in Croatia. Victims, including children, suffered only physical abuse and humiliation due to their stay.

Melzer said: "Such treatment is specifically designed to treat migrants who have been banned under international treatment and treated for cruelty and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. In Croatia, cases of violence against immigrants must be investigated, criminals and their superiors liable.

European Union officials are accused of covering up evidence that the Croatian government has failed in police surveillance, and repeatedly exploiting, abusing and humiliating migrants within their borders has created a spark in Brussels.

Internal European Commission emails have revealed that officials in Brussels are facing a backlash when Croatia decides not to commit to a full surveillance system, which it previously agreed to fund with EU funding.

In 2018, the Guardian published its first footage showing refugees being beaten by Croatian police, and in May it was reported that Croatian police officers had beaten, beaten, and spray-painted more than 30 migrants on the head with a Red Cross. Treatment "Prevention against Coronavirus".

The arrest of two Croatian police officers embarrasses the Croatian Interior Ministry, who has always denied being abused by the police, calling the allegations "completely irrelevant" and replying to the Guardian Republic of Croatia.

The Croatian police and interior ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

However, in a news report by the Croatian public broadcaster Dnevnik, Interior Minister Dawar Bozinovic described the arrest of two police officers as special cases. Bozinovic said, "There aren't many of them" and when they do, the system responds effectively. "

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