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. Click to visit current dictators category.

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Current World Dictators

Dictator of Kosovo Russian Dictator Cuban Dictator Belarus Dictator Azeri Dictator Iraqi Dictator Dictator of Syria Dictator of Iran Turkmenistan  Dictator Pakistani Dictator Dictator of  Tadjikistan Dictator of  Kazakhstan Dictator of  Uzbekistan Chinese Dictator Dictator of Bhutan Dictator of  Cambodia Dictator of Burma Dictator of Vietnam Dictator of Brunei Dictator of North  Korea Dictator of Cote  d'Ivoire Algerian Dictator Dictator of Guinea Dictator of Tunisia Dictator of Egypt Dictator of Libya Dictator of Chad Dictator of  Cameroon Dictator of Sudan Dictator of Eritrea Dictator of  Equatorial Guinea Dictator of Somalia Dictator of the  Republic of Congo Dictator of Rwanda Dictator of Angola Dictator of  Zimbabwe

Map of World Freedom in 2015:


Map of World Freedom in 2014:

Map of World Freedom in 2014

Map of World Freedom in 2013:

Freedom in the World Map 2013
Freedom in the World Map 2012

Map of Freedom 2011

Below is a list of countries classified as NOT FREE (authoritarian regimes/dictatorships) by the Freedom House:

  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 – His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia
  10. Cameroon – Paul Biya, President of Cameroon
  11. Central African Republic – Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet, 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
  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…

  • 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