Report on illegal practice of collective expulsion on Slovene-Croatian border

Processed under the readmission agreement, many people were denied their right to asylum procedure by the Slovenian police, still conducting systematic expulsions to Croatia under the guise of the readmission. This is a report written by Slovenian activists documenting the continuing unlawful police practice at the border between Croatia and Slovenia

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May 9 · 19 min read
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Introduction

This violence is undeniable, has been documented, reported and is under investigation for some time now. By denying the right to asylum and conducting collective expulsion of thousands of people Slovenian authorities are directly involved in a systematic abuse of human rights in the Balkan region.

Systematic rejection of the right to asylum by the Slovenian police and Cooperation with police in Croatia on border externalization

Number of illegal border crossings and number of persons who were able to express intention to seek asylum in Police Station Črnomelj in 2018.
Envelopes used in readmission procedure from Slovenia to Croatia found near Bihać.
Wristbands used in readmission procedure from Slovenia to Croatia found near Bihać.

The telephone number for asylum assistance

Conclusions

- Immediate ending to collective expulsions from Slovenia to Croatia under the guise of bilateral readmission agreement. Immediate suspension of the said bilateral agreement which does not follow basic standards of legal protection. Immediate ending of systematic violations of right to claim asylum.

- Introduction of civil surveillance of police work and procedures when dealing with migrants

- Full disclosure of police instructions on dealing with migrants and a full investigation for abuse of power against former Director General of Police Simon Velički, current Director General of Police Tatjana Bobnar, former interior minister Vesna Györkös Žnidar and former employee of Ministry of Interior Affairs Boštjan Šefic

- Investigation against individual police officers who were involved in cases where there was proven excessive use of physical violence in forms of beating and theft towards people who were apprehended for illegal border crossing.


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