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The 'Worst Of The Worst' Repressive Countries


Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov ranks among the heads of the most repressive countries.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov ranks among the heads of the most repressive countries.

Freedom House, an international independent organization monitoring democracy and human rights, today released its report titled "Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies."

Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan joined countries Burma, North Korea, and Somalia on the list of the 10 worst countries in the world.

In a press release, the organization's director of advocacy, Paul Schriefer, said the list reflects Freedom House's views of "countries where individuals have almost no opportunity to enjoy the most fundamental rights; regimes whose people experience heavy penalties for independent thought or action, and where little or no opposition activity is permitted to exist."

A list of eight countries that scored only slightly better than the "worst of the worst" included Belarus, China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia.

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