Current World Dictators

Here is a comprehensive, up-to-date list of the current world dictators and authoritarian regimes. As of today, there are 50 dictatorships in the world (21 in Africa, 19 in Asia, 8 in the Middle East, 1 in Europe and 1 in the Caribbean). We define a dictator as the ruler of a land rated “Not Free” by the Freedom House in their annual survey of freedom. See the interactive map and filterable list of photos below or click to visit the current dictators category.

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Map of World Freedom in 2016:

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Map of World Freedom in 2015:

Map of World Freedom in 2014:

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Map of World Freedom in 2013:

Map of World Freedom in 2011-2012:

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Map of World Freedom in 2011

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NOT FREE (authoritarian regimes/dictatorships) Countries In 2016:

  1. Afghanistan – Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, President of Afghanistan
  2. Algeria – Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria
  3. Angola – Mr. Jose Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola
  4. Azerbaijan – Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan
  5. Bahrain – King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain
  6. Belarus – Aleksandr Lukashenko, President of Belarus
  7. Brunei – Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah
  8. Burundi – Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi
  9. Cambodia – Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia
  10. Cameroon – Paul Biya, President of Cameroon
  11. Central African Republic – Faustin Archange TouaderaCHANGED
  12. Chad – Idriss Deby, President of Chad
  13. China – Xi Jinping, President of China
  14. Congo, Dem. Rep. of – Joseph Kabila, President of Congo
  15. Congo, Rep of (Brazzaville) – Denis Sassou Nguesso, President
  16. Cuba – Raul Castro, President of Cuba
  17. Djibouti – Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti
  18. Egypt – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt
  19. Equatorial Guinea – OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO, President
  20. Eritrea – Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea
  21. Ethiopia – Girme Wolde Giorgis, President of Ethiopia
  22. Gabon – Albert-Bernard Bongo, President of Gabon
  23. Gambia – Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Azziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh, President of Gambia
  24. Iran – Hassan Rouhan, President of Iran
  25. Iraq – Muhammad Fuad Masum, President of Iraq
  26. Jordan – King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, King of Jordan
  27. Kazakhstan – Nursultan Nazarbaev, President of Kazakhstan
  28. Laos – Lieutenant General Choummaly Sayasone, President
  29. Libya – Nouri Abusahmain, President
  30. Mauritania – Mohamed Ould Abd Aziz, President of Mauritania
  31. Myanmar (Burma) – Htin Kyaw, President of MyanmarCHANGED
  32. North Korea – Kim Jong-un, President of North Korea
  33. Oman – Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, Prime Minister of Oman
  34. Qatar – Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani
  35. Russia – Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
  36. Rwanda – Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
  37. Saudi Arabia – King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia
  38. Somalia – Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia
  39. South Sudan – Salva Kiir Mayardit, President
  40. Sudan – Omar H.A. Al-Bashier, President of Sudan
  41. Swaziland – Mswati III, King of Swaziland
  42. Syria – Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria
  43. Tajikistan – Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tadjikistan
  44. Thailand – Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand
  45. Turkmenistan – Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW, President of Turkmenistan
  46. United Arab Emirates – Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  47. Uzbekistan – Islam Abdughanievich Karimov, President of Uzbekistan
  48. Vietnam – Tran Dai Quang, President of VietnamCHANGED
  49. Yemen – Ali Abdallah Salih, President of Yemen
  50. Zimbabwe – Robert (Gabriel) Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

NOT FREE (authoritarian regimes/dictatorships) Countries In 2015:

  1. Afghanistan – Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, President of Afghanistan
  2. Algeria – Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria
  3. Angola – Mr. Jose Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola
  4. Azerbaijan – Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan
  5. Bahrain – King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain
  6. Belarus – Aleksandr Lukashenko, President of Belarus
  7. Brunei – Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah
  8. Burundi – Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi
  9. Cambodia – Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia
  10. Cameroon – Paul Biya, President of Cameroon
  11. Central African Republic – Catherine Samba-Panza, President
  12. Chad – Idriss Deby, President of Chad
  13. China – Xi Jinping, President of China
  14. Congo, Dem. Rep. of – Joseph Kabila, President of Congo
  15. Congo, Rep of (Brazzaville) – Denis Sassou Nguesso, President
  16. Cuba – Raul Castro, President of Cuba
  17. Djibouti – Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti
  18. Egypt – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt
  19. Equatorial Guinea – OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO, President
  20. Eritrea – Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea
  21. Ethiopia – Girme Wolde Giorgis, President of Ethiopia
  22. Gabon – Albert-Bernard Bongo, President of Gabon
  23. Gambia – Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Azziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh, President of Gambia
  24. Iran – Hassan Rouhan, President of Iran
  25. Iraq – Muhammad Fuad Masum, President of Iraq
  26. Jordan – King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, King of Jordan
  27. Kazakhstan – Nursultan Nazarbaev, President of Kazakhstan
  28. Laos – Lieutenant General Choummaly Sayasone, President
  29. Libya – Nouri Abusahmain, President
  30. Mauritania – Mohamed Ould Abd Aziz, President of Mauritania
  31. Myanmar (Burma) – Thein Sein, President of Myanmar
  32. North Korea – Kim Jong-un, President of North Korea
  33. Oman – Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, Prime Minister of Oman
  34. Qatar – Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani
  35. Russia – Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
  36. Rwanda – Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
  37. Saudi Arabia – King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia
  38. Somalia – Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia
  39. South Sudan – Salva Kiir Mayardit, President
  40. Sudan – Omar H.A. Al-Bashier, President of Sudan
  41. Swaziland – Mswati III, King of Swaziland
  42. Syria – Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria
  43. Tajikistan – Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tadjikistan
  44. Thailand – Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand
  45. Turkmenistan – Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW, President of Turkmenistan
  46. United Arab Emirates – Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  47. Uzbekistan – Islam Abdughanievich Karimov, President of Uzbekistan
  48. Vietnam – Truong Tan Sang, President of Vietnam
  49. Yemen – Ali Abdallah Salih, President of Yemen
  50. Zimbabwe – Robert (Gabriel) Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

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  • Tom

    Where’s Thailand?

  • Nero

    lol I am living in los angeles but I’m from turkey and you guys saying America free Turkey is partialy free I think you don’t even know any things about Turkey

  • FreedomFromIgnorance

    I’ll trust the experts over someone like you who can’t even construct a sentence correctly.

  • Tom, Thailand is considered a partly free country and not a dictatorship as of 2014. Do you have a different opinion?

  • Bassman843

    Really? Obama’s not on this list?

  • Amino

    The picture for the president of Mauritania is wrong!! That’s actually Mohammed VI the king of Morocco!!

  • Thank you very much for catching this. We have updated the picture.

  • February Flower

    No but Bush should be

  • Jay

    Thailand is ruled by a military junta which has enacted martial law which restricts speech and press. There has been no date given for an election. How is that considered “partly free?”

  • Jay, I believe this data will be updated for 2015 by the Freedom House, and we will update it accordingly on the site. Thank you for your information!

  • Andersom

    I agree China and is not free, but how are the “dictator”? Chinese leader can be brought down by the party anytime the party deems fit. The leader needs to work for the best interest for the party, kinda like CEO working for the board of directors if you will. Also, Russia hold elections regularly, even though we both know what Putin is doing, but labeling Russia “dictatorship” is like calling USA democracy (which is a Republic instead.)

  • Attila

    These are pitiful achievements. The horrendous amount of money the free part of the World ANNUALLY send to in aid only facilitate to keep these dictators in power. That is no good we Since our politicians are the facilitators we have serious problems with them too.

  • Tatosky Diaspora

    Why Venezuela was not included on the list? Nicolas Maduro is a dictator!

  • Thank you for your comment! According to Freedom House, Venezuela is not a dictatorship – https://freedomhouse.org/country/venezuela

  • I don’t think Venezuela has changed since Hugo Chavez….so I think freedomhouse is wrong… ‘partly free’? what? come one…

  • xoxo

    most muslim comuntries are in dictorship ! ..thats too bad .,

  • Gustave Doré

    According to some nitwits that haven’t done their homework, indeed!
    If they had the guts to send someone with well-placed eyed and ears, a few hours of tasting today’s Venezuela would convince them that this country CEASED to be a Democracy long ago!!! Maduro is not only a Dictator, but a liar, an impostor, a thief, and a criminal puppet of the Castro brothers, posing as a “democratically elected” president.

  • dprkforum

    Kim Jong Eun is not president. Kim Il Sung retained the title.

  • blahblahblahshaddap

    Iran is not a dictatorship like Britain it has a figure head leader and an elected government

  • Каратель

    Fine article!

  • Lee Solomon

    When I see deeply inaccurate information on a website, I begin to question the entirety of its content.
    Norodom Sihamoni is not a dictator. He’s ‘king’ of Cambodia in nothing but name; it’s an empty title. Prime Minister Hun Sen is the de facto dictator of Cambodia, although he was supposedly ‘democratically’ elected. He has also expressed that he plans to be prime minister until he dies, or until he gets old enough to pass the office onto his son. Sounds very democratic, right…

    So… You’ve got some inaccurate information on here. I don’t feel like going down this list and checking how much of the rest of it is right or wrong. If you’ve got a site like this, it seems to me is the idea that *you* do the research instead of lazily slapping a list together. You coulda read Wikipedia to glean that Sihamoni is basically under house arrest in his own kingdom (lulz) by order of Hun Sen. Lazy, yo.

  • Lee Solomon

    Lol, after reading through the rest of the comments, it looks like this list is more or less your personal opinion, site moderators? Yeesh, I can make s**t up, too, but there’s very little evidence to suggest that the U.S. is a ‘free’ nation– lots of information demonstrating that it is a modern imperialist colonial nation-state which kills, imprisons, and otherwise subjugates certain portions of its own population (people of colour, queers, people with disabilities, immigrants, etc.)– awfully semblant of Nazi Germany, a place in time which we have historically demonized in tandem with our own historic heroism.

    You think the U.S., Canada, South Africa, etc. are free when they have populations, some of them majority populations, which are subject to ongoing genocide? Black South Africans, people of colour in the UK, France, Scandinavia, First Nation peoples, Native American nations, to name a few. You should point out that “free” refers to certain types of people. Other peoples are partially or entirely excluded from this.

  • Lee, thanks for pointing this out. The information has now been updated for Cambodia.

  • Our dictatorship data is based on the Freedom House reports.

  • theseus yo

    maduro lost elections and now everything was clear, right? when chavez won, everything was unclear, how’s that possible?

  • theseus yo

    they are teocracy, being accurate.

  • Kate Strong

    As for China, I agree. I doubt it must be in this list. But Russia…..I lived in Russia (I’ve relocated a year ago) and I can say that despite there are elections here, people can’t vote how they want to. Just one little example: I was a seller in a shoes shop and if I would just say to my boss that I hate Putin (and I really did and do), I would be fired. People are afraid to say aloud what they really think. My country being under the authority of Putin is coming back to The Soviet Union faster than anyone expected that. Most part of people don’t even go to elections because they believe that the elections are fake. And they often really are.

  • DizzyRascal

    I’m not sure how the USA is considered “free”

  • You should also do a list of illegal states…. number 1, it is Israel……

  • Yogy TheBear

    One thing is a dictatorship or an autoritharian guverment and another is the level of freedom permited to the people .
    There is a big diffrence betwean an totalitarian system and an authoritarian one !!
    This map is quite biased…. China is considered today to have quite the economical freedom , it is not ruled in a dictatorial fashion but more by an authoritarian party who protects its interests .
    Russia is clearly much more free today then it ever was ! To call Russia a dictatorship is ridiculous.. Putin is a strong man but not a dictator, in the east you have a diffrent tradition of leadership .

  • Doug

    Missing a few! British Monarchy QUEEN ELIZABETH II, Current US President Obama is still in office until late 2016. And in my eyes Prime Minister is also considered dictators so yeah, its a few more to add.

  • arya

    more that half of them were just monarchs and comminst countries

  • arya

    do you know anything about usa i live in us and there is no killing queers people of color or disabled people for no reason you still go to jail if u do that

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