Police Crush Peaceful Russia Protests: Daily Brief

Hundreds of peaceful protestors detained in Russia; Myanmar's leader defends jailing of journalists who blew whistle on Rohingya massacre; a victory for human rights in Europe and Hungary; prisoners will not be moved to safety ahead of US hurricane; thousands of refugee kids on Greece's islands are not in school; Pussy Riot member feared poisoned in Moscow; Uganda's prisoners being used for free labour; US gun crime is a human rights crisis, says Amnesty; & US administration turns blind eye to Saudi's bloody war in Yemen. 

Police in Russia have arrested hundreds of peaceful protesters, including children, for taking part in demonstrations to protest state corruption and government plans to raise the pension age. In many cities, HRW says, the police kicked peaceful protesters and beat them with truncheons.

Myanmar's de-facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi has defended the jailing of two Reuters journalists, despite international condemnation.

Some rare good news on Hungary, after the European Parliament voted yesterday to politically sanction the country for riding roughshod over democratic values in Europe. 

Despite an evacuation order in the US for all coastal counties in South Carolina ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence, the state corrections department has decided it will not transfer more than 900 prisoners and at least 100 staff in one prison to a safe area. 

What does it mean for the future of Europe that Greece is failing to ensure that thousands of children will be able to attend school, instead of being warehoused in isolated, EU-sponsored camps on the Aegean islands?

There is alarm over reports that Pyotr Verzilov, an activist with Russian protest group Pussy Riot, is in hospital after falling seriously ill from a suspected poisoning

Thousands of prisoners in Uganda are being forced to labour for free inside jail - even those who haven't actually been convicted of a crime. 

The US government is prioritizing gun ownership over basic human rights, a new Amnesty International report says. While many solutions have been offered to gun violence, the group says, there has been a "stunning lack of political will to save lives".

And finally, despite attacks that have killed dozens of civilians - including a bus full of schoolchildren - in recent weeks, the Trump administration has claimed that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are doing enough to minimize the deadly impact of their military campaign in Yemen.