Parade Magazine has named Kim Jong Il the world’s worst dictator for 2008, edging out the butchers in charge of Sudan and Burma. Which is quite a distinction.
Kim Jong-il runs the most isolated, repressive regime in the world. His citizens have no access to information other than government propaganda. His harsh system includes collective punishment (three generations of a family can be punished for one member’s alleged crime); detainment of roughly 200,000 citizens in labor camps; and the capture, torture and jailing of those who try to flee to China. [Parade Magazine]
Parade didn’t really say much to justify that call, so if you’re a new reader, here is an abbreviated list: concentration camps, ethnic cleansing of infants, using food as a weapon, mass executions for people who try to leave, and finally, what genocidal dictatorship would be complete without a gas chamber?