From midnight to the morning light
Ten years ago to the day the long-awaited call from New York must have come in around midnight. “It’s just been adopted, 127 votes in favour, 4 against and 42 abstentions!”
What an enormous relief. After twenty five years of hard work by NGOs and some committed diplomats, the majority of members of the United Nations had finally agreed to approve the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT), and thus set up a new system of preventing torture through regular monitoring of all places of detention.