Pariah state

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A pariah state is a nation whose conduct is considered to be out of line with international norms of behavior by either the rest of the international community (such as the United Nations), or by some of its most powerful states. A pariah state may face International isolation, sanctions or even an invasion by nations who find its policies or actions unacceptable. The term is closely related to the phrase "Rogue state".


There is no definitive definition of a pariah state, the term has been applied to different states at different times, and is often a designation made for political purposes.


At various times in the past, the following states have been labeled or treated as pariahs in the international system. Some of them are still labeled as such at present:



The Henley's Visa Restrictions Index, 2012[edit]

The following table lists the Pariah states, by the number of countries - the pariah state's nationals could enter freely (i.e. without a visa) - in 2012, according to Henley's Visa Restrictions Index 2012[dead link] (while the numbers in brackets indicate the Pariah state's HDI in 2012 - as published by UNDP in March 2013). Figures of parallel regular states are given as well, for comparison.

Pariah state Number of countries, the
pariah state's nationals
could enter freely (i.e.
without a visa), in 2012
As opposed to a
regular state (e.g. an
OECD or an EU or an
APEC or a CELAC state)
Number of countries, the
regular state's nationals
could enter freely (i.e.
without a visa), in 2012
 Belarus 59
(2012 HDI: 793)
 Iceland 159
(2012 HDI: 906)
 Zimbabwe 58
(2012 HDI: 397)
 Malta 156
(2012 HDI: 847)
 Uzbekistan 51
(2012 HDI: 654)
 Slovenia 151
(2012 HDI: 892)
 Equatorial Guinea 40
(2012 HDI: 554)
 Argentina 140
(2012 HDI: 811)
 North Korea 39
(2012 HDI: N/A)
 Brunei 139
(2012 HDI: 855)
 Iran 37
(2012 HDI: 742)
 Romania 138
(2012 HDI: 786)
 Kosovo 37
(2012 HDI: N/A)
 Bulgaria 137
(2012 HDI: 782)
 Syria 37
(2012 HDI: 648
 Chile 137
(2012 HDI: 819)
 Sudan 36
(2012 HDI: 414
 Barbados 135
(2012 HDI: 825)
 Eritrea 34
(2012 HDI: 351
 Bahamas 133
(2012 HDI: 794)

See also[edit]


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