Equatorial Guinea: Equatorial Guinea is not an electoral democracy, has never held credible elections. It is considered one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Freedoms of assembly and association are severely restricted, and official authorization for political gatherings is mandatory. Prison conditions are extremely harsh. Authorities have been accused of widespread human rights abuses, including torture, detention of political opponents, and extrajudicial killings. Constitutional and legal guarantees of equality for women are largely ignored, and violence against women is reportedly widespread. People are seen here carrying drinking water in the capital Malabo in August 2002.