Back to Bosnia: Refugees trying to enter Croatia report abuse

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    Refugees and migrants trying to reach Western Europe say they have been abused by Croatian authorities. The Danish Refugee Council has collected testimonials describing whippings, beating, and sexual abuse. Al Jazeera has tried to contact Croatian authorities for comment but have had no success. Al Jazeera’s Leah Harding reports. –

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    Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe on the Adriatic Sea.

    Croatia was first internationally recognized as an independent state on 7 June 879 during the reign of Duke Branimir. On 25 June 1991, Croatia declared independence and the Croatian War of Independence was fought for four years following the declaration.

    A sovereign state, Croatia is a republic governed under a parliamentary system. It is a member of the European Union, the United Nations, the Council of Europe, NATO, and the World Trade Organization and is a founding member of the Union for the Mediterranean.

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