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Commissioner talks about violence and illegal expulsion of migrants by Croatian police for the first time

Source: TV Prva

Belgrade, September 01, 2019 – Violence by Croatian police against migrants at the border has now taken on dramatic proportions, said Rados Djurovic, director of the Asylum Protection Centre (APC/CZA), in the Morning program on TV Prva. Through daily work on the field over the years, the APC/CZA heard information about violence, primarily at the Croatian and Hungarian, and now at the Bosnian border too. Force is often used on migrants and they are forced to take off their shoes and are forced to return to Serbia, walking many kilometres barefoot. And now we witness such things every day. What is important now is that the representatives of the institutions, the Commissariat for refugees and the Commissioner are talking about this and it shows how serious the problem is. This is something we see daily, and our public, not only ours but also the foreign, should know about this, Djurovic concluded.

The full conversation can be viewed at the following link: https://bit.ly/2lWZyr3

Commissioner for refugees Vladimir Cucić said that at one time this abuse had been reduced, but that violence had increased in the past month and exceeded the limits of regular police coercion when returning across the border, but that it was moving into apparent torturing of refugees. This is the first time that the Commissioner for Refugees of the Republic of Serbia has spoken in public about the problem of violence at the border between Serbia and Croatia, which has been present for several years now.

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