The World's Most Repressive Societies

Each year, Freedomhouse.org publishes a Freedom in the World report, which categorizes countries as free, partly free, or not free. The countries below were deemed not free.

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Brunei
  • Burma
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Brunei
  • Chad
  • China
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of (Kinshasa)
  • Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville)
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia, The
  • Gaza Strip
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordon
  • Kazakhstan
  • Laos
  • Libya
  • Mauritania
  • Nagorno-Karabakh
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Pakistani Kashmir
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • South Ossetia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tibet
  • Transnistria
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • West Bank
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • 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, 2012, published by Freedom House.