• fin mars 2022 : Cure detalji o tragediji na Kupi : ’Ušli smo u vodu, krenuli s pretragom i na jednom dijelu našli utopljenika’

    Traduction en ligne :
    –-> Cure détails sur la tragédie sur le Kupa : « Nous sommes allés dans l’eau, avons fait une recherche et avons trouvé un homme noyé dans une partie »

    La police croate, après un rapport de collègues slovènes, a arrêté un groupe de migrants en provenance du Congo. L’un est mort, malgré la réanimation, et un autre noyé a été retrouvé à Kupa

    La nuit dernière, la police slovène a informé ses collègues croates qu’un groupe plus important de migrants se trouvait à Kupa. Des policiers de Vrbovsko, des forces spéciales de Rijeka et avec eux des pompiers se rendent sur le terrain car le terrain est inaccessible. Après trois kilomètres de marche, ils trouvent cinq hommes figés qui disent que le sixième est proche.

    « La personne était inconsciente, alors ils l’ont aidé professionnellement, mais ils ont essayé de la réanimer, mais la personne est décédée. Lorsque l’ambulance est arrivée, ils ont constaté le décès de cette personne. le poste de police de Vrbovsko », a déclaré Tomislav Horvat , chef du service des migrations illégales de la police de Primorje-Gorski Kotar.

    La nuit était froide, la température de l’air moins 1 et le Kupa sauvage 7 degrés. 22 pompiers de cinq brigades de pompiers volontaires se sont rendus sur les lieux. Ils disent n’avoir jamais vu des gens aussi épuisés et hypothermiques. Bien qu’ils aient été noyés par des couvertures, ils tremblaient constamment sur des brancards. Et le tout premier qu’ils ont trouvé leur a annoncé une autre terrible nouvelle.

    "Des collègues ont dit d’où il venait, c’est-à-dire du Congo, donc il a aussi dit que son frère s’était noyé, c’est-à-dire qu’il avait disparu dans la Kupa", a déclaré Dalibor Mareković , commandant du DVD de Vrbovsko.

    Il va à la police et le GSS a commencé hier à rechercher son frère autour de Severin na Kupi.

    "C’est là que nous sommes allés dans l’eau et avons commencé à fouiller le terrain pour trouver le corps d’un noyé dont nous avons pris soin et transporté par l’eau. Ces villages sont abandonnés depuis longtemps, ce sont déjà des ruines, donc le terrain est totalement inaccessible, la jungle .", a déclaré Goran Tomac , chef de la station HGSS Delnice.

    Dans de rares endroits, vous pouvez vous approcher de la rivière, qui a gonflé de pluie et de neige jusqu’à 4 mètres la nuit du drame.

    "Avec un dériveur et une chienne, c’est un kayak debout, nous sommes partis tous les quatre et nous avons descendu un ou deux kilomètres jusqu’à lui", a expliqué Bruno Stipancic , membre de la station HGSS de Delnice.

    Cette fois, Kupa a coûté la vie à deux migrants.

    Il y a huit jours à peu près au même endroit un autre, un Camerounais qui a déjà été enterré.

    "En tant que ville, nous avons fourni certains fonds et nous avons une tombe commune pour toutes ces personnes et nous les enterrons jusqu’à ce que les proches se manifestent", a déclaré Drazen Muftić, le maire de Vrbovsko.

    Pour eux deux, c’était la fin du chemin vers une vie meilleure. Les cinq détenus d’ici la fin de la journée devraient être transférés dans un centre d’accueil à Zagreb. Ils auraient admis qu’ils étaient au moins 11 dans le groupe et qu’ils avaient tenté de traverser la Coupe avec un radeau improvisé, mais personne ne sait où se trouve maintenant le reste du groupe.

    https://www.rtl.hr/vijesti-hr/novosti/crna-kronika/4221832/cure-detalji-o-tragediji-na-kupi-usli-smo-u-vodu-krenuli-s-pretragom-i-na-jednom

    #Croatie #Slovénie #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontière_sud-alpine #Alpes #montagne #décès #mort
    #Kolpa #Kupa

    –—

    Ajouté à cette métaliste des morts à la frontière Slovénie-Croatie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/811660

    Elle-même ajouté à la métaliste des morts dans les Alpes :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

  • 03.04.2022

    Plusieurs étrangers ont été trouvés le long de la rive de la Kupa près de Vrbovsko. L’un était mort dans la rivière, l’autre est mort malgré la réanimation

    This week, another man lost his life (https://www.novilist.hr/novosti/crna-kronika/vise-stranaca-pronadeno-uz-obalu-kupe-kod-vrbovskog-jedan-je-bio-mrtav-u-rijeci-drugi-preminuo-unatoc-reanimaciji/?meta_refresh=true), killed by unjust European policies. According to the report from the Slovenian police, people have been found in the area along the #Kupa River in the wider #Vrbovsko area. There, they found five people inaccessible terrain along the banks of the #Kupa_River, and after a short time, another man who was unconscious and hypothermic. He was assisted and the officers attempted to save him, but despite an attempt at resuscitation, the man died.

    #Croatie #Slovénie #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontière_sud-alpine #Alpes #montagne #décès #mort
    #Kolpa

    –—

    Ajouté à cette métaliste des morts à la frontière Slovénie-Croatie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/811660

    Elle-même ajouté à la métaliste des morts dans les Alpes :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

    • –-> du coup, cet article mentionne deux morts (et non pas un) le 3 avril 2022

      La police croate, après un rapport de collègues slovènes, a arrêté un groupe de migrants en provenance du Congo. L’un est mort, malgré la réanimation, et un autre noyé a été retrouvé à Kupa

      La nuit dernière, la police slovène a informé ses collègues croates qu’un groupe plus important de migrants se trouvait à Kupa. Des policiers de Vrbovsko, des forces spéciales de Rijeka et avec eux des pompiers se rendent sur le terrain car le terrain est inaccessible. Après trois kilomètres de marche, ils trouvent cinq hommes figés qui disent que le sixième est proche.

      « La personne était inconsciente, alors ils l’ont aidé professionnellement, mais ils ont essayé de la réanimer, mais la personne est décédée. Lorsque l’ambulance est arrivée, ils ont constaté le décès de cette personne. le poste de police de Vrbovsko », a déclaré Tomislav Horvat , chef du service des migrations illégales de la police de Primorje-Gorski Kotar.

      La nuit était froide, la température de l’air moins 1 et le Kupa sauvage 7 degrés. 22 pompiers de cinq brigades de pompiers volontaires se sont rendus sur les lieux. Ils disent n’avoir jamais vu des gens aussi épuisés et hypothermiques. Bien qu’ils aient été noyés par des couvertures, ils tremblaient constamment sur des brancards. Et le tout premier qu’ils ont trouvé leur a annoncé une autre terrible nouvelle.

      "Des collègues ont dit d’où il venait, c’est-à-dire du Congo, donc il a aussi dit que son frère s’était noyé, c’est-à-dire qu’il avait disparu dans la Kupa", a déclaré Dalibor Mareković , commandant du DVD de Vrbovsko.

      Il va à la police et le GSS a commencé hier à rechercher son frère autour de Severin na Kupi.

      "C’est là que nous sommes allés dans l’eau et avons commencé à fouiller le terrain pour trouver le corps d’un noyé dont nous avons pris soin et transporté par l’eau. Ces villages sont abandonnés depuis longtemps, ce sont déjà des ruines, donc le terrain est totalement inaccessible, la jungle .", a déclaré Goran Tomac , chef de la station HGSS Delnice.

      Dans de rares endroits, vous pouvez vous approcher de la rivière, qui a gonflé de pluie et de neige jusqu’à 4 mètres la nuit du drame.

      "Avec un dériveur et une chienne, c’est un kayak debout, nous sommes partis tous les quatre et nous avons descendu un ou deux kilomètres jusqu’à lui", a expliqué Bruno Stipancic , membre de la station HGSS de Delnice.

      –-> puis l’article parle d’un autre mort (fin mars 2022) :
      https://seenthis.net/messages/957547

      https://www.rtl.hr/vijesti-hr/novosti/crna-kronika/4221832/cure-detalji-o-tragediji-na-kupi-usli-smo-u-vodu-krenuli-s-pretragom-i-na-jednom

  • Borderline | The Wire

    Harsh living conditions have always brought people together in the Kupa-region on the Croatian-Slovenian border, but today the stream of life is cut in two by a razor wire to keep refugees from entering Slovenia.

    https://player.vimeo.com/video/532174343

    http://www.offworld.be/index.php/film-borderline-wire

    #film #film_documentaire #documentaire #Tiha_Gudac
    #frontières #barbelé #Croatie #Slovénie #Kupa #Balkans #route_des_Balkans #migrations #asile #réfugiés #rivière #clôture #fermeture_des_frontières #frontière_sud-alpine

    ping @isskein

    • Slovenia, Croazia : filo spinato

      «Mi chiedono ’sei pro o contro l’immigrazione?’, ma la domanda non ha senso, non c’è da essere pro o contro, l’immigrazione esiste. Piuttosto, bisogna scegliere come gestirla». Un’intervista a Tiha K. Gudac, regista del documentario Žica, filo spinato

      «Žica », letteralmente “filo spinato”, è il secondo documentario della regista croata Tiha K. Gudac (classe 1982). Dopo aver esordito nel 2014 con «Goli», che ripercorre la storia del nonno internato a Goli Otok, Gudac si occupa questa volte del filo spinato che il governo sloveno ha posizionato sul confine tra Croazia e Slovenia e sull’impatto che questo nuovo muro ha sulle comunità locali. Il film è parte del progetto «Borderline» prodotto da Off World e dedicato a diversi confini europei, raccontati attraverso sei documentari. Žica, uscito nel 2021, ha vinto il premio “Menzione speciale” al RAFF – Rab Film Festival.

      Com’è nata l’idea di un film sul filo spinato tra Slovenia e Croazia?

      Tutto è iniziato nel 2016, quando si è sviluppato il progetto «Borderline», con l’obiettivo di realizzare una serie di documentari sulle frontiere dell’Unione europea. Io ho proposto il confine croato-sloveno e realizzato un primo trailer. Allora c’era qualcosa di davvero macabro nel paesaggio: le autorità slovene avevano posto a terra dei rotoli di «nastro spinato» (razor wire), che è molto più tagliente del normale filo spinato e può incidere la carne fino all’osso. Per questo, si trovavano molti animali morti lungo il confine. La mia idea è stata selezionata e le riprese sono iniziate nel 2019.

      Qual è la situazione al confine croato-sloveno oggi?

      I rotoli di nastro spinato sono stati sostituiti con una recinzione sulla quale è stato collocato il filo spinato. La barriera è più lunga e più resistente, ma perlomeno meno pericolosa per chi ci cammina vicino.

      Nel tuo documentario ti concentri sulle conseguenze che il filo spinato ha nella vita quotidiana di chi ci vive vicino. Da dove sei partita?

      Mi sono concentrata sull’area attorno al fiume Kupa (Kolpa, in sloveno) che divide i due paesi, in particolare, la zona di Petrina (Slovenia) e Brod na Kupi (Croazia). Si tratta di una regione che in Croazia è nota con il nome di Gorski Kotar e dove si registrano gli inverni più rigidi, secondi solo a quelli del monte Velebit. Date queste difficili condizioni di vita, la popolazione locale si è unita, da un lato all’altro del confine, e oggi rappresenta un’unica comunità in cui si parla sia sloveno che croato, e anche una terza lingua dialettale, che è un miscuglio delle prime due.

      L’impressione che si ha, guardando il tuo film, è che l’armonia locale sia stata distrutta da un’agente esterno...

      È così, non si tratta di un’esagerazione. Penso alla storia di Zlatko, uno dei protagonisti del documentario. Lui vive sul lato croato del fiume, ma siccome in quel punto non c’è una strada, lui attraversa la Kupa con una piccola barca per fare la spesa o cercare ciò che gli serve dal lato sloveno del fiume. Tanti altri, invece, hanno la casa da un lato e i campi dall’altro e quindi utilizzano i piccoli ponti per andare dall’altra parte. Ecco, con l’arrivo del filo spinato sono stati chiusi tutti i valichi minori e ora le persone devono fare a volte un giro di 40 km per arrivare dall’altra parte.

      C’è una bella scena nel film, in cui si vede la polizia locale mentre cerca di convincere gli abitanti della necessità del filo spinato...

      Tutti i protagonisti del film si trovano in una situazione in cui non vorrebbero essere. I poliziotti sono persone del luogo che hanno trovato un lavoro sicuro e stabile in un’area in cui non ci sono fabbriche o grandi imprese. Ora si ritrovano a dover posizionare filo spinato e fare respingimenti illegali. La popolazione locale, naturalmente, non ne vuole sapere del filo spinato, perché separa le comunità, impedisce agli animali di raggiungere il fiume ecc. I migranti, infine, arrivano dall’altro capo del mondo e cercano di sopravvivere e di attraversare il confine.

      Il film segue anche le vicende di Omar e Mohammed, due migranti che dalla Bosnia Erzegovina cercano di raggiungere l’Italia. La loro testimonianza dei respingimenti è molto forte...

      Mi ricordo un giorno, durante le riprese, quando ci siamo messi a chiacchierare a Velika Kladuša (Bosnia Erzegovina), facendo finta di avere una conversazione normale. Uno di loro mi ha chiesto quali fossero i miei hobby e quand’è venuto il suo turno ha detto: “Io cammino per la Croazia finché non mi riportano di qua”. Hanno provato ad arrivare in Slovenia 10–15 volte e ogni volta sono stati picchiati e respinti. Il comportamento violento della polizia croata non è solo inaccettabile perché viola i diritti umani di queste persone ma, se vogliamo, è anche irresponsabile nei confronti dei cittadini europei, perché traumatizza delle persone che poi arriveranno in Europa, cariche di paura e di rabbia.

      Che idea ti sei fatta del modo in cui i governi europei stanno rispondendo alla questione migratoria?

      Ho l’impressione che non si voglia vedere la realtà. Si parla di “crisi”, quando in verità le migrazioni non sono un fenomeno passeggero, ma che anzi durerà e, temo, peggiorerà nei prossimi anni. Il focus del mio film era il filo spinato ma inevitabilmente si è allargato all’immigrazione e mi sono resa conto che sul tema la gente ha una visione in bianco e nero. Mi chiedono “sei pro o contro l’immigrazione?”, ma la domanda non ha senso, non c’è da essere pro o contro, l’immigrazione esiste. Piuttosto, bisogna scegliere come gestirla. E siccome si tratta di un fenomeno complicato, serve una risposta articolata e non semplice come un muro o una barriera di filo spinato, che in ultima istanza non serve a nulla.

      Il tuo film è già stato presentato in diversi festival in Germania e nei Balcani. Quali sono state le reazioni finora?

      Il pubblico ne è stupito, perché si parla di luoghi familiari, molto vicini. In Slovenia, tuttavia, il film non è ancora stato proiettato, lo sarà a breve al festival del cinema di Portorose. Ma per quanto riguarda i respingimenti o la violenza sui migranti in generale, non mi sembra che ci sia un vero dibattito pubblico. Ci sono tante inchieste, pubblicazioni, ma quando si guarda alle dichiarazioni dei responsabili politici, c’è solo negazione. E mi dispiace, vorrei che la società reagisse di più, perché altrimenti finisce che ci si abitua pian piano a tutto, come al filo spinato davanti alla propria casa. E se guardiamo agli ultimi dieci anni in Europa, con la scusa del male minore o del male necessario, ci siamo in realtà abituati all’avanzata del fascismo.

      https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/aree/Croazia/Slovenia-Croazia-filo-spinato-212734

  • Modra rijeka

    Modra rijeka, Črnomelj, Slovenija, 25.3.2021

    https://vimeo.com/547961150


    Un #poème de #Mak_Dizdar :

    Where it is none knows
    We know little but it’s known

    Beyond forest beyond valley
    Beyond seven beyond eight

    Still worse still crazier
    Over weary over bitter

    Over blackthorn over bramble
    Over heat over strictness

    Over foreboding over doubts
    Beyond nine beyond ten

    Still deeper still stronger
    Beyond quiet beyond dark

    Where no cock crows
    Where no horn’s voice is heard

    Still worse still crazier
    Beyond mind beyond god

    There is a blue river
    It is wide it is deep

    A hundred years wide
    A thousand summers deep

    Don’t even dream of its length
    Insurmountable dark and murk

    There is a blue river

    There is a blue river—
    We must cross the river

    http://www.spiritofbosnia.org/volume-1-no-4-2006-october/blue-river

    #rivière_Kolpa #Kupa #frontière_sud-alpine #montagne #mourir_aux_frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #décès #morts #frontières #frontières
    #art #art_et_politique #poésie #vidéo

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    ajouté au fil de discussion sur les migrants morts dans la rivière Kolpa (Kupa) à la frontière entre la #Croatie et la #Slovénie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/811660

    Lui-même ajouté à la métaliste sur les morts à la frontière sud-alpine :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

  • Video Documents Illegal Refugee Pushbacks in Croatia

    For years, asylum-seekers have been claiming abuse at the hands of Croatian border police, with some reporting beatings, electric shocks and even having their toenails torn out. For the first time, videos in combination with reporting by DER SPIEGEL have confirmed some of these reports.

    Ibrahim had a hunch he knew what was coming when the Croatian police car stopped. The young Pakistani had set off from Kashmir two years earlier to reach Europe. But now, on a cold day at the end of March, the Croatian police dragged him and the other refugees out of the vehicle, Ibrahim recalls. More security forces were waiting outside. They wore black balaclavas to hide their faces.

    The men forced the refugees to take off their jackets, shoes and pants, and one by one, the hooded men lined up. One of the men in masks grabbed Ibrahim by the neck and dragged him toward the river, according to his recollection. The others beat him, aiming at Ibrahim’s back, arms and legs. "They were beating me like crazy,” he says. Out of fear, he asked that he not be identified by his last name in this article.

    Ibrahim recalls a long, thick branch that hurt especially bad when he was hit with it. Three other refugees say they were beaten with a metal rod and with a sling that had a heavy object attached to the end of it.

    The beatings lasted only a few minutes, but it felt like an eternity to Ibrahim. The hooded men pushed him down to the Glina River, the natural border between Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the village of Poljana. The river is only a few meters wide there. "Fast, jump,” one of the masked men shouted in English, says Ibrahim. “Go back Bosnia!”

    The European Union closed the Balkan route to migrants in 2016, after it had already been used in previous months by hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and other countries as they made their way to Western Europe. Thousands of refugees have been camping in the forest and in old war ruins in northwest Bosnia-Herzegovina ever since. On the other side of the border, Croatian officials with night-vision goggles and firearms patrol the border. But that doesn’t stop the refugees from setting off each night. They have a name for their dangerous attempt to get past the border guards: "The Game.”

    Asylum seekers have been reporting for years of abuse at the hands of Croatian police and of being forced back to Bosnia. Photos from aid organizations show refugees with bleeding lacerations, broken arms, knocked-out teeth and dark red marks on their backs. Asylum-seekers speak of torture with stun guns, sexual abuse and even torn-out toenails. The focus of their reports is always the same: Masked police officers.
    Beatings Instead of Hearings

    NGOs, doctors and even the United Nations Refugee Agency have collected thousands of such testimonies. Sometimes, skin color alone is enough to become a target of the security forces. In winter 2019, Croatian border guards illegally deported two Nigerian table-tennis players who were only trying to take part in a university championship.

    Pushbacks, as they are called, violate not only Croatian asylum law but also European law and the Geneva Convention on Refugees. They make a mockery of the right to apply for asylum. Instead of being given a hearing, asylum-seekers are beaten.

    The Croatian authorities deny that officers use force at the border or that they illegally drag asylum seekers back across the border. The government has simply ignored video clips showing security forces leading asylum-seekers to the border. Government officials also claim that refugees have simply invented claims of violence. Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman recently said that his country denies "all accusations of incorrect behavior at the border.”

    But Ibrahim’s case makes Croatia’s claims of innocence all the more difficult to uphold.

    DER SPIEGEL spent months investigating his case together with the media organization Lighthouse Reports. The reporters spoke with three refugees who were traveling with Ibrahim. To the extent possible, they reconstructed the route they took. The refugees’ reports can only be partly independently verified, but their geodata does corroborate their statements. There is also a video that the NGO No Name Kitchen obtained when interviewing the refugees. DER SPIEGEL and Lighthouse Reports were able to verify its authenticity.

    The reporting clearly shows that it is not only in Greece that refugees are being pushed back forcibly. On the Bosnian-Croatian border, masked men are beating up refugees. The images reveal a disturbing level of violence that is increasingly becoming the norm at the EU’s external borders.

    Ibrahim, for his part, had already failed to get past the Croatian security forces dozens of times, but in March things went better than usual. He and three other migrants described to DER SPIEGEL how they, together with around 50 other refugees, some of them underage, set off that day for the EU. The men crossed the border near Šturlić, a village in Bosnia, before walking through the wilderness of the Croatian forests. It was cold, and at night they slept in cheap sleeping bags.

    After around seven days, the group reached the Kulpa River, which borders Slovenia, and the migrants spent the night there. They ate the last of their supplies, they recall, and finally waded through the river on their way to Western Europe. The group stopped in a patch of forest above the Slovenian village Kočevje. Smugglers were supposed to meet them there to take the men to Italy, but nobody showed up. "We held out for three or four days without food or anything to drink,” says Ibrahim. But then they finally gave up.

    Slovenian police intercepted the refugees as they left their hiding place. The refugees say the officers took them to a police station, questioned each individually and took photos and fingerprints. The migrants claim that each of them asked to be allowed to file an asylum application. But the answer they received, they say, was clear: “No asylum. You’re going back to Bosnia.”
    "I Have Never Been So Scared in My Life"

    When contacted by DER SPIEGEL, the Slovenian police confirmed that they had apprehended the refugees. They deny, however, that Ibrahim asked to apply for asylum, so they handed the men over to the Croatian authorities as part of a return agreement. Both the Croatian and the Slovenian officials certified the handover with their signatures.

    Things moved quickly once the they were in the hands of the Croatian police. The men say the officers drove the group to the border river, where the men wearing the balaclavas were already waiting for them. "I have never been so scared in my life,” says Ibrahim.

    The refugees’ geodata, stored in a Google Maps account, supports their statements. It includes data geolocating the group in Croatia and Slovenia. Shaky mobile phone images provide even more evidence. One of the refugees says that the images only exist because he was able to hide his mobile phone in his underwear.

    DER SPIEGEL

    The images show Ibrahim standing on the Bosnian side of the river, in wet pants and no shoes. The young Pakistani can be see crying, his face twisted in agony. "I have such pain in my leg!” he whimpers. Another refugee whose clothes are wet and also doesn’t have any shoes, can be seen supporting him.

    Four men can be seen in the background on Croatian soil with blue and olive-green clothing reminiscent of uniforms. Three are seen putting on black masks. The men carry a long pole with them, as well as a stick with rope that has a heavy object attached to it. One of the men can be seen wielding the homemade weapon.

    The hooded men lead another group of people to the border river. They beat one of the migrants with a stick or a pole. They then chase another a few seconds later, running toward the border. "Fuck your mother” rings out across the river.

    The metadata show that the video was taken on the afternoon of March 23. The buildings in the background prove that the events unfolded near Poljana on the Bosnian-Croatian border. The masked men can’t be clearly identified in the images. However, their presence at the closely guarded border suggests that the men are part of the Croatian security forces. It’s unlikely that masked men could operate in broad daylight without the knowledge of the authorities.

    "Some of the uniforms visible in the video seem to be all mixed up,” says Ranko Ostojić, a politician with the center-left social democrats in Croatia. He says he suspects the men in question are retired police officers who are now part of the reserves. "They used to be allowed to keep their uniforms, and now they are apparently carrying out pushbacks.”

    Ostojić was once Croatia’s director of police and interior minister. He spent years chairing the Domestic Affairs Committee in the Croatian national parliament. "The pushbacks are systematic,” he says. "Based on my experience, I am convinced that they are at least tolerated by the government.”

    When contacted by DER SPIEGEL, officials at the Croatian Interior Ministry said in a statement that they have no records of any operations on the date and location in question. They said they could not comment on the events described without further details. Croatia offers asylum seekers the opportunity to apply for asylum, the statement says, and goes on to claim that NGO reports on injured migrants almost completely ignore the conflicts between migrants in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The ministry claims that the migrants are injured in accidents or that they inflict injuries on each other and then blame Croatian border police.

    When Bosnian Milo Gujić hears shots or screams from the woods below his barn, he knows they are coming again. A short time later, bleeding, crying and half-naked men show up in his yard. Sometimes, he says, it happens daily.
    Fear of Retaliation

    Gujić and his wife have been experiencing the brutality of the Croatian border police up close for years now. Their property is located only a few hundred meters away from the EU’s external border. Gujić, who has a wiry build, has asked that we not use his real name for this story. He is afraid that Croatian security forces might retaliate against him.

    In March, Gujić opened up his home to Ibrahim and his companions. Gujic says he found the men standing at his door trembling and sobbing. When shown the video, he immediately recognizes them. He built a fire for them and brought dry clothes and food. "When I took the clothes off one of them, I saw his back. It looked like someone had stuck an iron bar into a fire and then hit him with it. That’s how deep red the marks from the blows were.”

    The Glina River along the border is a popular place for pushbacks. It is easily accessible from the Croatian side and only sparsely populated on the Bosnian side. Gujić says the Croatians recently paved the gravel road leading to the border, an omen, he believes, that the half-naked, injured men will keep coming. Gujić can’t understand the violence: “You don’t even hurt animals like that.”

    The EU pays Croatia millions of euros to secure the border. Croatia is also slated to join the Schengen Area soon, meaning its borders with other members of the area will no longer by controlled. Once that happens, the Croatian border with Bosnia-Herzegovina will become one of those places where decisions are made on how many asylum-seekers are actually allowed to reach Western Europe.

    In October 2019, the European Commission gave Croatia a positive evaluation in its progress toward accession into the Schengen Area, but said it would have to continue its work on "management of the external borders.” All Schengen member states must approve any country’s accession. But already, the Croatian government is effectively acting as one of Europe’s gatekeepers.

    So far, the EU has largely ignored these obvious violations of human rights. In Germany, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and Chancellor Angela Merkel have openly praised the work of the Croatian border police. EU border management agency Frontex, which monitors the border from the air, has reported hundreds of illegal border crossings, but no human rights violations.

    "The EU is turning a blind eye to pushbacks,” says former Croatian Interior Minister Ostojić. He says it appears EU officials don’t seem to care whether the border police act in accordance with international law. And their silence merely encourages the Croatian government.

    "The images are the clearest evidence yet that Croatia engages in violent pushbacks,” says Hanaa Hakiki, a lawyer with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), a Berlin-based human rights organization that provides support to refugees facing court proceedings. She notes that the deportations did not take place at official border crossings and that some of the weapons used by the masked men were homemade. "In light of these terrible images, the EU should take immediate action,” she says.
    Schengen As a Means of Pressure?

    Ylva Johansson, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs responsible for EU borders, sent a letter to the Croatian Ministry of the Interior at the end of October and urged that the reports be investigated. “If proven true, what is shown there is of course unacceptable,” she now says after viewing the images. “People cannot be beaten up at the border. There must be consequences.”

    Meanwhile, the EU’s ombudswoman has also opened a probe. But real pressure on Croatia would probably only arise if the pushbacks were to put Croatia’s Schengen accession into question. “Violence at the border cannot continue,” Johansson says. “This will not help Croatia in its efforts to join the Schengen Area.”

    In the end, Ibrahim finally managed to win the "Game.” After another attempt, he managed to make it to Italy. He is currently living in a housing project in the north of the country and he was able to apply for asylum.

    But the months spent on the Croatian border took a massive toll on him. When he looks at the videos of himself on the Croatian border today, he bursts out in tears. He says he still suffers from headaches and the pain in his knee is also getting worse, especially now that the weather is getting colder. At night, he says, he sometimes has nightmares about the beatings by the Croatian policemen. One time, his roommates told him the next morning that he had been calling out for help. Again.

    https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/croatia-video-documents-illegal-refugee-pushbacks-a-294b128d-4840-4d6b-9e96-

    #Croatie #Balkans #route_des_Balkans #violence #asile #migrations #réfugiés #push-backs #refoulements #frontières #Bosnie #Glina_river #Kulpa #Kulpa_river #Slovénie #Kolpa_river #frontière_sud-alpine #Kupa_river #rivière #Kočevje #Kocevje #Poljana #témoignage

  • Migrant dies after van plunges into river in Croatia

    One person died in Croatia after a van carrying 12 migrants plunged into a river. The driver of the van that was registered in Germany fled the scene, leaving the vehicle to sink into the river. Separately, police in North Macedonia discovered 30 migrants in an abandoned truck.

    A migrant woman died after a van with 11 migrants fleeing from the police plunged into a river in central Croatia, police said on Sunday.

    The crash happened near the Croatian border with Slovenia after the driver refused to stop at a police checkpoint and was subsequently chased by a patrol. The driver, presumably a migrant smuggler, managed to get out of the sinking vehicle, fleeing into a nearby minefield.

    “The police tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver accelerated and the van skidded into the #Kupa River,” the police said in a statement.

    The van, which was registered in Germany, was first spotted by a police patrol in the village of Slatina Pokupska, about 50 kilometers north of the border with Bosnia, which has become a key transit country for migrants trying to make their way to Western Europe.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/19076/migrant-dies-after-van-plunges-into-river-in-croatia

    C’est le 4ème cas de migrant mort à la frontière entre la Slovénie et la Croatie (autres 3 cas recensés par l’OIM : https://seenthis.net/messages/782251). Il s’agit d’une femme qui s’est noyée dans la rivière #Kupa, août 2019, une rivière qui délimite la frontière entre la Croatie et la Slovénie.

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  • Morts à la frontière #Croatie-#Slovénie

    #frontière_sud-alpine #montagne #mourir_aux_frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #décès #morts #frontières #frontières

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    Morire al confine

    L’ennesima vittima al confine tra Croazia e Slovenia. Questa volta a perdere la vita è stata una bambina che insieme alla madre e ai fratelli cercava di raggiungere la Slovenia attraversando il fiume Dragogna. Negli ultimi 4 anni in Slovenia sono morti 23 migranti

    https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/aree/Slovenia/Morire-al-confine-214618

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    Balkanski put smrti/The Balkan Way of Death

    Since the closure of the refugee route in 2016, at least 259 migrants have died in the Balkans, and a large number of them have died in the countries of the former Yugoslavia, according to publicly available data collected by an international group of activists and researchers. The real death toll, however, is probably far higher

    https://www.portalnovosti.com/balkanski-put-smrti

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