Red Cross: Migrants tell of being beaten by Croatian border police

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The Red Cross warned about reports of violence by border guards in Croatia against migrants attempting to enter the country from Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies says dozens of people who tried to cross the border are being treated daily for injuries, the Associated Press reported.

IFRC regional director for Europe Simon Missiri said governments must ensure “dignity and respect” for all people. “A desire to control one’s border does not justify violence”, he said.

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IFRC said that more than 8,000 people have entered Bosnia and Herzegovina this year - an eightfold increase from 2017 - including some 3,000 in the past four weeks. Many are from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran or Syria.

IFRC Spokeswoman Nicole Robicheau said on Thursday that some recounted being “beaten at the hands of the Croatian border guards”, but the IFRC could not verify the accounts.