Current World Dictators

Here is a comprehensive, up-to-date list of current world dictators and authoritarian regimes. 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.

Map of World Freedom in 2015:

Map of World Freedom in 2014:

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Map of World Freedom in 2014

Map of World Freedom in 2013:

Map of World Freedom in 2011-2012:

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Map of World Freedom in 2011

Map of Freedom 2011

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. Cuba – Raul Castro, President of Cuba
  16. Djibouti – Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti
  17. Egypt – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt
  18. Equatorial Guinea – OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO, President
  19. Eritrea – Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea
  20. Ethiopia – Girme Wolde Giorgis, President of Ethiopia
  21. Gabon – Albert-Bernard Bongo, President of Gabon
  22. Gambia – Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Azziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh, President of Gambia
  23. Iran – Hassan Rouhan, President of Iran
  24. Iraq – Muhammad Fuad Masum, President of Iraq
  25. Jordan – King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, King of Jordan
  26. Kazakhstan – Nursultan Nazarbaev, President of Kazakhstan
  27. Laos – Lieutenant General Choummaly Sayasone, President
  28. Libya – Nouri Abusahmain, President
  29. Mauritania – Mohamed Ould Abd Aziz, President of Mauritania
  30. Myanmar (Burma) – Thein Sein, Prime Minister of Myanmar (Burma)
  31. North Korea – Kim Jong-un, President of North Korea
  32. Oman – Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, Prime Minister of Oman
  33. Qatar – Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani
  34. Russia – Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
  35. Rwanda – Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
  36. Saudi Arabia – King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia
  37. Somalia – Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia
  38. South Sudan – Salva Kiir Mayardit, President
  39. Sudan – Omar H.A. Al-Bashier, President of Sudan
  40. Swaziland – Mswati III, King of Swaziland
  41. Syria – Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria
  42. Tajikistan – Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tadjikistan
  43. Thailand – Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand
  44. Turkmenistan – Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW, President of Turkmenistan
  45. United Arab Emirates – Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  46. Uzbekistan – Islam Abdughanievich Karimov, President of Uzbekistan
  47. Vietnam – Truong Tan Sang, President of Vietnam
  48. Yemen – Ali Abdallah Salih, President of Yemen
  49. 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.

  • Oleksiy Synelnychenko

    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!!

  • Oleksiy Synelnychenko

    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?”

  • Oleksiy Synelnychenko

    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!

  • Oleksiy Synelnychenko

    Thank you for your comment! According to Freedom House, Venezuela is not a dictatorship –

  • Collin Blatt

    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.

  • Oleksiy Synelnychenko

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

  • Oleksiy Synelnychenko

    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.