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The World's Most Repressive Societies

  • Belarus
  • Chechnya (under Russian jurisdiction)
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Laos
  • Libya
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • North Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tibet (under Chinese jurisdiction)
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Western Sahara (under Moroccan jurisdiction)
  • Zimbabwe
Repressive societies are defined as exerting pervasive state control over daily life, banning free speech, independent organizations, and political opposition, and practicing severe human rights violations. Source: Freedom in the World, 2007, published by Freedom House. http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=15 .

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