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    The late Kim Jong Il, dictator of North Korea, is seen here during a meeting in Beijing on this May 25, 2011. He died of heart failure while travelling by train Nov. 17, 2011, the country's state-run news agency reported. North Korea is one of the most closed and repressive countries in the world.
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    President of Myanmar, U Thein Sein, inspects the Guard of Honour during a full state welcome at the Presidential palace in New Delhi, October 14, 2011. The closed nation is one of the worst in the world for human rights violations, child labor and lack of free speech, Amnesty International says.
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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on Dec. 6, 2011. Chavez, known for his hours-long speeches deriding the west, has severely eroded freedoms in the country under his rule, Amnesty International says.
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    Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov addresses the media during a ceremonial reception at President House in New Delhi, May 18, 2011. Karimov, president since 1990, has been criticized for policies that curb human rights and individual freedoms.
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    Cuban President Raul Castro, brother of Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro, applauds as the flag of the 26th of July Movement waves behind him, prior to delivering his speech commemorating the 56th anniversary of Fidel Castro's attack on the Moncada Barracks, on July 26, 2009 in Holguin, Cuba. The country remains one of the world's poorest and most closed to the outside world.
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    Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech in Damascus, Syria, at Damascus University on June 20, 2011. Assad has been in power since 2000. His father, Hafez al-Assad, ruled Syria for 29 years until his death in 2000. The government's brutal crackdown on dissenters has led to many deaths.
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    Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguemathe attends the funeral of Gabonese President Omar Bongo, on June 16, 2009 in Libreville. He has been president of Equatorial Guinea since 1979, which has one of the worst human rights records, according to Freedom House.
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    Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov smiles during a Day of Turkmen state holiday in Ashgabad, April 23, 2011. He has been president since 2006. His security forces are said to track down and arrest anyone suspected of dissent.
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    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir speaks to the press after a signing ceremony for the exploration of gold and associated minerals in Sudan by foreign investors and Arab countries, October 30, 2011, in Khartoum. He has been president since 1989, when he seized power in a military coup. He's wanted internationally for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.
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    Isaias Afewerki, President of Eritrea, is pictured at the 66th General Assembly Session at the United Nations, September 21, 2011 in New York City. He has been president since 1991. People with unsanctioned religious beliefs are said to be imprisoned and tortured in the country.
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