Interior Minister Davor Božinović (Photo: HRT) Interior Minister Davor Božinović (Photo: HRT)

Human Rights Watch has said that Croatian Police are returning migrants to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in some cases forcibly, without allowing them to seek asylum. The organization spoke with 20 people, including the heads of 11 families and one boy, who is alone, and found that Croatian police deported them to Bosnia and Herzegovina without processing their cases, after taking them in. 16 of them, including women and children, claim that police hit them with bats, stole their money and confiscated and destroyed their cell phones.

All accusations against the police were refuted by Interior Minister Davor Božinović.

“I received a letter from the Human Rights Watch organization and responded to it. First I deny that the Croatian police used excessive force or overstepped their authority in terms of their relationship towards migrants. Croatian police protect the Croatian border and they protect the outer border of the European Union, in accordance with Croatian legislature and in accordance with the Schengen regime's regulations. They have done this and will continue to do this professionally. If it wasn't like this the Croatian police wouldn't have received praise from the relevant members and institutions of the European Union for the way they are handling the migrant crisis,” said Božinović.

Source: HRT