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The journalist P Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field)The journalist P) .

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said both sides in Sri Lanka's civil war "grossly disregarded the fundamental principle of the inviolability of civilians" She has called for an "independent and credible international investigation," although she's up against the notoriously impotent U Human Rights Council and a bristling Sri Lankan government.

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After an estimated 10,000 civilian deaths or injuries in only two months, the U.N. has called on the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels to immediately suspend fighting, suggesting that actions by both parties may constitute violations of international human rights law.

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