There are still so many dictators in the world apart from Hitler and Stalin, and many people has taken dictatorship to be something of the past. Below is a list of 10 nasty contemporary dictators;
- Kim Jong II, North Korea
- Crown Prince Abdullah, Saudi Arabia
- Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe
- Than Shwe, Burma
- Saparmurat Niyazov, Turkmenistan
- Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Equatorial Guinea
- Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan
- Hu Jintao, China
- King Mswati III, Swaziland
- Fidel Castro, Cuba
1. Kim Jong II, North Korea
He ruled for 37 years (1994 – 2011 when he died). He took North Korea to the foot of every ample list which are; civilian rights, political rights etc. Report had it that when he was 5 years old he killed his brother by drowning him and he’s been arraign for atrocious crimes like kidnapping, bombing, murder, human rights violence, etc. His countrymen were starved to death because of famine and flood during his regime.
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2. Crown Prince Abdullah, Saudi Arabia
He has been ruling since 1995. Saudi Arabia government was arraigned for arbitrary arrest and torture by the US State Department. Some non – violent protesters were arrested in 1995 by Saudi Authorities and were punished for exhibiting there freedom of expression during a human rights conference. Women were not allowed to vote or being voted for, women were not allowed to drive, domestic violence against children and women was not punishable till 2013 when the cabinet decided to put a stop to it, there is no age limit for marriage for both girls and boys. Girls as young as 9 and boys as young as 15 are justified to get married by Religious Authorities.
3. Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe
He has been ruling since 1980. Before ruling Zimbabwe, he had national and international support, but later turned into a “Tumultuous leader”. He first served as the prime minister before being elected as the president in 1987. He has been re – elected under fraudulent and intimidated elections. His reign has seen inflation rates rise to 500% with up to 70% of the citizens unemployed. He has restricted movement of the opposition party and the press freedom. He lost the presidential election to an opposition party member in person of Morgan Tsvangirai in 2008, but he refuse to let go his power, so he requested for recount which led to Tsvangirai being arrested and accused of treason.
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4. Than Shwe, Burma
He has been ruling since 1992, and keeps to the shadows which made people not knowing much about him. He mistreated human rights just because he wants to rule. Report had it that Burma had the most child soldiers and also kidnap citizens working for the military as porters for military misunderstanding against non – Burmese ethnic groups. Aung San Suu Kyi who is a Nobel Prize Winner and her party were declared winner of the Burmese election by 80% majority, but the results was cancelled by the Burmese military, which led to Suu Kyi being placed under house arrest.
5. Saparmurat Niyazov, Turkmenistan
He ruled for 16 years (1990 – 2006 when he died). Many people don’t know this, but the fact his he forced his personality into a cult to be followed by his countrymen just like Kim Jong II. He had the following done; his statue around street corner, his image in Turkmen currency, renamed January after himself, made his book “Book of the Soul” a must read at schools, made government employees memorize some sections of his book. There was no opposition in Turkmenistan and women and families under age 35 were denied exit visas and were harassed by government authorities. Retirement age is set at 70 in Turkmen constitution, but he made his rule lifetime by creating 2,507 member People’s Council which elected him.
6. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Equatorial Guinea
He has been ruling since 1979. Equatorial Guinea is a small country with approximately 500,000 population. Millions of dollar was invested into oil projects by USA when a massive oil reserved was found and it moved Guinea’s annual per capital income to $4,472, despite that, 60% Equatoguineans were still living on less than $1 per day with almost all the oil money kept by the president. He announced that the citizens prefer living that way and the country is not poor. He controlled the wealth of the country with the country having no newspaper and public transport, and healthcare took just 1% of government wealth. He also announced that he has contact with God, and he can kill anybody without been accused and also not going to hell.
7. Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan
He has been ruling since 1989, he came into power through a military coup. For the past 20 years, Sudan has been in civil war killing 2 million people and making 4 million homeless. He began his reign by first suspending the constitution, then he abolished the legislature and finally he banned unions and other political parties. Sudan comprises of Christian and animist, but he chose to rule the country in accordance to Islamic Shari ‘a law. Another thing he does is providing sanctuary to terrorist and then using other governments to bargain with them for money.
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8. Hu Jintao, China
He has been ruling since 2002. He used to be a hydrolic engineer before joining Communist Party in 1964, he became the leader of communist China 38 years after and became the paramount leader of China between 2002 and 2012. There is no freedom of press under The Communist Party rule and 40,000 internet security agents were employed just to monitor the online lives of the citizens. Approximately 4,000 executions were performed yearly with 200,000 Chinese in labour camps charges for violent and non – violent crimes.
9. King Mswati III, Swaziland
He has been ruling since 1986. In Africa the last absolute monarchy ruled country is Swaziland. He became the ruler 4 years after his father died, then he was 18 years old. He chose is tenth wife among the thousands of bare breasted young women present at the annual Reed Dance he organised in 2002. He approved the draft of a new constitution after he tried appeasing international opinion with the new constitution banning political parties and death penalty for any criminal offense.
10. Fidel Castro, Cuba
He ruled for 49 years (1959 – 2008). In March and April, 2003, he took advantage of the world’s preoccupation with the Iraq war by violently arresting 75 journalists, academics and human rights activists, sending them to jail for 19 years. He blamed the country’s problem on USA.