Standing up to tyranny. One box seat at a time.

Traditionally, dictators are given box seats to the Olympics’ Opening Ceremonies. Those box seats allow brutal authoritarian leaders to grandstand on the world stage and whitewash their image internationally.

We’re asking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to leave an Empty Box where those dictators would normally sit.

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15 Notorious Dictators

These dictators and despots rule their countries without regard for democratic norms or human rights. Between them, they are responsible for the worst crimes against humanity happening today. This list was arrived at based on a combination of the Human Rights Foundation's political regime classifications, a determination of countries with the highest number of Olympic athletes, and other troubling indicators, including lack of political rights and press freedoms.

Xi Jinping

Xi
Jinping

China

Putin

Vladimir
Putin

Russia

Mohamed Bin Salman

MOHAMMED
Bin Salman

Soudi Arabia

Nicolas Maduro

Nicolás
Maduro

Venezuela

Min

Min Aung
Hlaing

Burma

Kagame

Paul
Kagame

Rwanda

Biye

Paul
Biya

Cameroon

Rouhani

Hassan
Rouhani

Iran

El-Sisi

Abdel Fattah
Al-Sisi

Egypt

Nguyễn
Xuân Phúc

Vietnam

Miguel

Miguel
Díaz-Canel

Cuba

Erdowan

Recep Tayyip
Erdoğan

Turkey

Ilham

Ilham
Aliyev

Azerbaijan

Afwerki

Isaias
Afwerki

Eritrea

Abiy

Abiy
Ahmed

Ethiopia

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