Every year Parade Magazine does an article on the World's Worst Dictators. Below are the top ten:
1. Robert Mugabe--Zimbabwe
Number One on the list is Robert Mugabe who is responsible for the torturing and raping his own people and allowing the conditions in his country of Zimbabwe to deteriorate dramatically over the past year. Rape and Terror is being inflicted on women and young girls who are connected to anyone in opposition to Mugabe. Below are some of the other current conditions in Zimbabwe:
--Inflation is at 80 billion percent
--A Cholera Epidemic has killed thousands
--Hundreds of thousands are starving from food shortages
--16% of population is infected with Aids
--85% Unemployment rate
--Wave of violence against supporters of opposition party
2. Omar al-Bashir--Sudan
This is what Parade had to say about al-Bashir:
This month, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his contributions to the tragedy in Darfur. The ICC charged him with “ murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing, and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians, and pillaging their property.” Bashir’s military campaign has been accused of driving 2.7 million people from their homes since 2003.
3. Kim Jong-Il--North Korea
Excerpt from Parade:
...his regime continues to be one of the world’s most repressive. Hundreds of thousands of citizens, including children, are imprisoned in labor camps for such “crimes” as hoarding food and “ anti-socialist” activities.
4. Than Shwe--Burma (Myanmar)
5. King Abdullah--Saudi Arabia
This is what Parade had to say about King Abdullah:
Despite King Abdullah’s talk of reform, Saudi women still need permission from male guardians to work, study, travel, marry, or even obtain an ID card. The government opened a women’s branch of its Human Rights Commission, but only men serve on its board. There is no Saudi penal code, and trial defendants often cannot question witnesses.
6. Hu Jintao--China
Here is what Parade had to say about Jintao:
Hu Jintao and the Chinese Communist Party won the right to host the 2008 Olympics by promising to improve human rights. Instead, Hu tightened restrictions on freedom of speech and religion. Repression of Tibetans and other minorities has increased dramatically. Political and religious dissidents can be held in “ Re-education Through Labor” camps for up to four years without trial.
7. Sayyid Ali Khamenei--Iran
Here is what Parade had to say about Khamenei:
Ayatollah Khamenei has increased arrests of nonviolent opponents of his regime, women's-rights activists, ethnic and religious minorities, and journalists. In 2008, Khamenei’s government was the only one in the world to execute juveniles. Iranian law considers boys eligible for the death penalty at age 15 and girls at age 9.
8. Isayas Afewerki--Eritrea
9. Gurbanguly Berdymuhammedov--Turkmenistan
10. Muammar al-Qaddafi--Libya