|  Share | Cite

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 .

The Failed States Index: Most Vulnerable Countries Political Statistics Countries Using Torture

More on World's Most Repressive Societies from Infoplease:

  • Human Rights Day - Human Rights Day A celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Elissa Haney Related ...
  • Top Ten Human Rights Violators, 2007 - Top ten human rights violators in 2007.|From North Korea to Sudan
  • The World’s Most-Wanted Fugitives - The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for these infamous figures.|The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for these infamous figures
  • South Africa - Learn about the history, geography and culture of South Africa and find statistical and demographic information. Learn about the Boer War, Apartheid, Nelson Mandela, and more.|Information on South Africa — geography, history, politics, government, economy, population statistics, culture, religion, languages, largest cities, as well as a map and the national flag.