Volunteer-driven humanitarian support for refugees in Serbia
The following interviews were conducted by our volunteers starting in January of this year, following human rights reporting guidelines drafted by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. All interviews were recorded and conducted in the victim’s native language through our translator, unless otherwise stated. Personal identifying information has been removed for reasons of safety and anonymity.
Accompanying photographs do not necessarily correspond to the specific described incident, but were all taken within the past year at the Serbian-Hungarian border area.
Time and Date of Violence: 20.6.17 – Between 23:30-1:00 until 5:00 Date of Interview: 21.6.17 Location of Violence: Ásotthalom, Hungary Demographics: 11 people from Afghanistan, including two 14 year olds and two 16 year olds
We walked approximately 5km into Hungary. We were sleeping in the jungle for approximately one hour to hide from the police, because we thought we were safe. Then the police surrounded us and started beating everyone in the jungle. They called the dogs, German shepherds. They had this face covering [muzzles]. They continued beating, kicking, punching and hitting us with sticks. Both official police sticks [police batons], with sticks from the forest, and their torches. These official sticks hurt too much. Continue reading ““They kicked us in the face and groin and said ‘Welcome to Hungary’””
We crossed at around 11pm. At 2am, police catch. The army catch us first, and then police come. Army not beating so much, then the police beating and kicking. They told us to crouch down like this [fetal position] with our heads to the ground, and they beat us if we moved. We stayed down like this for 2 hours, and they beat us if we moved. After some time, new people [police] come in a car and beat us also during these two hours. Then a second car with police came and they beat [us] again for one more hour. Approximately three hours of beating total. They were also kicking and punching us. Continue reading ““The man they kicked in the penis was vomiting blood””