Death Penalty Won't Exclude You From UN Human Rights Council
Many call Saudi Arabia hypocritical for its UNHRC membership and its executions, but other countries on the council also use the death penalty.By Kate Grumke | October 5, 2015
Saudi Arabia is well known for its brutal censorship and oppression of women, but its state-sponsored executions are what people point to the most when arguing it doesn't deserve a spot on the U.N. Human Rights Council. (Video via Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
But the kingdom isn't the only country on the council that still carries out state executions.
Human rights advocates have long focused on the death penalty as a global human rights issue, and in the past 20 years, the number of countries carrying out executions has dropped almost by half, from 41 countries in 1995 to 22 in 2014.