Top 10 Worst Dictators

Let us have a look at the top 10 dictators who still maintain autocratic rule and power dominated by abuse and terror.


1. Omar al-Bashir, Sudan


Is in power since 1989 – His monumental abuses has led to mankind’s worst humanitarian catastrophe. Omar al-Bashir has launched colossal ethnic and religious cleansing that has uprooted over 2 million civilians and led to the death of more than 70,000.


2. Bashir al-Assad, Syria

This was a leader who never expected to be a head of state. He was the second oldest son of President Hafez al-Assad. It was only when his older brother and the heir to the head of state was killed in car crash that Assad was considered for the position. Since gaining power in 2000, Assad has lead a repressive regime which disregards human rights and economic lapses. Unopposed in 2 elections, he has resorted to force to squash opposition.


3. Than Shwe, Burma


Is in power since 1992 – For his dogged resistance to international pressure and continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi, Than Shwe remains one of top pariah in the international community. The documented abuses of the military government included murder, rape and torture.


4. Hu Jintao, China


Is in power since 2002 – Amidst the economic liberalization and progress of the nation, the government of Hu Jintao remains as one of the most repressive. Thousands of Chinese still remain in labor camps serving sentences for a variety of political offenses.


5. Crown Prince Abdullah, Saudi Arabia


Is in power since 1995 – Facing international pressure, Crown Prince Abdullah has relented and announced the holding of the first elections in Saudi Arabia after 40 years. Saudi Arabia, under the leader of the Crown Prince, enforces the extreme form of Islam known as Wahhabism.


6. Hugo Chavez, Venezuela

He is one of the most controversial head of states, a position he has held since 1999 in Venezuela.  In his election campaigns, Chavez promised to help the poor by eradicating illiteracy, providing access to universal and free health care and education. Furthermore, he promised to implement social programs which would benefit the working class, such as pensions.   Most of his promises have not been fulfilled. In fact, Freedom of the World reports that Venezuela has seen a decline in civil liberties since Chavez took power.


7. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan


Is in power since 1999 – After seizing power after a bloodless military coup, Gen. Pervez Musharraf installed himself as President. His government is precariously engaged in the development of a nuclear program. Opposition to the government is considered as crime committed against the state.


8. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran

This man is the sixth President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a position he has held since 2005. He is a hotly debated figure in politics both domestically and internationally. He has been criticized for his blatant disregard to human rights as well as his lapses on economic issues. A Human Rights Watch report stipulated that the treatment of prisoners being detained has worsened in detention centres like Evin Prison. On the domestic front, he has been criticized for attacking plunderers and corrupt officials.


9. Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe


Is in power since 1980 – The quality of life and security has deteriorated immensely since Robert Mugabe assumed power. Press freedom is curtailed and opposition is outlawed.


10. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Equatorial Guinea


Is in power since 1979 – Teodoro Obiang Nguema and his family continue to wield power and influence as they remain as the main beneficiaries of the countries vast oil reserves. His government commits torture and other human rights abuses to stifle any resistance to his absolute control of the country.

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7 Responses

  1. James

    I am very surprised King Abdulla of Saudi Arabia would be on this list. There must be some mistake in your information! King Abdulla is one of the best known and popular people in the Middle East he has increased funds for scholarships and is well known for his personal charity funds. Though ruled by islamic law, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is in a very good shape, and from a personal view I have been there for a while and witnessed the massive popularity the King has in the country.

  2. sudanese

    its funny how people in the western world think al bashir is hated and unwanted by his people. although am not a fan of him, but i have to admit he is LOVED by majority of the Sudanese people. he stopped the longest civil war in africa in 2005 by signing the CPA, he moved this country from being the poorest in Africa to an important number in the continent, etc… and again i have to say am not a supporter of him nor his policies but i have to say he brought change to this country. Just like the case of king abdulla who’s one of the most popular leaders in the region, people think bashir is a bad dictator, but however go to Sudan and see by urself how the people love him. its not that hard for the sudanese people to throw a leader a way as they did with two previous presidents which they didnt like before, but they are AWARE that albashir is the best 1 for it mean while WISHIN YOU ALL THE BEST MY BELOVED COUNTRY SUDAN.

  3. Harris Sultan

    This list must have been created by a 10 year old. You’ve got Pervez Musharraf in there and the description is “Opposition to the government is considered as crime committed against the state.”

    Obviously the creator of the list has no idea that Musharraf reformed Pakistan from one of the worst forms of govts to modern democracies. When he came to power there was only one state owned TV station and state governed radio channel, when he left over 60 independent TV stations with over 200 independent radios which hosted programs that criticized him openly and publicly on TV channels. He has famously been called the victim of his own invention i.e. FREEDOM.


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