The central Mediterranean route is one of the deadliest migration routes in the world. Since 2014, more than 25,000 people have died or gone missing there. Others are intercepted, illegally returned to Libya and systematically detained. These are cruel acts. They are political crimes and not, as is often claimed, the consequences of a humanitarian catastrophe. They are crimes against humanity.
These crimes do not happen anonymously – they are planned at desks of people in European Union agencies. People with names and titles, responsibilities and powers. What is clear: No crime without criminals.