Huffington Post     First Posted: 08/20/09 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 02:40 PM ET

The world is full of bad leaders, from dictators to gaffe-prone buffoons, but some are surely worse than others. Below is a selection of 10 leaders who are often criticized in the international news media or by human rights organizations. We'll leave the ranking up to you.

Robert Mugabe
Ruler of Zimbabwe since its founding in 1980 with the ousting of the white-minority ruled Rhodesian government. Mugabe has overseen the complete decimation of what was once one of Africa's strongest economies and is regularly criticized for human rights abuses, especially during the 2008 presidential campaign when his goons oversaw an intimidation campaign of torture and murder against supporters of Morgan Tsvangirai.
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