Welcome to CivilResistance.info

Popular movements round the world have used unarmed or strictly nonviolent resistance to topple oppressive regimes, demand democratic reforms, resist wars, protect the environment and claim social justice or rights for those suffering discrimination.  There is a growing amount of information about these movements and campaigns both in print and on the web.  The aim of this website is to provide a guide to the range of literature and resources available, and to enable users to look in more depth at particular movements, key figures and organisations in the practice of nonviolent action, as well as the theory of civil resistance and important debates about nonviolence.    
This guidance is provided in particular by the online version of A Guide to Civil Resistance Vol. 1, which provides summary historical background to numerous people power movements since 1945, i.e. movements which seek to overthrow dictatorship, authoritarian regimes,end foreign occupation or more generally bring about fundamental change in the political or economic system, and annotated bibliographies on each, as well as a wide ranging introduction to the theory and practice of nonviolent action. Vol. 2, which focuses on social movements, i..e.movements for social, economic and political reform, is in preparation – in the interim we are maintaining on this site relevant sections on social movements from the  2006 bibliography People Power and Protest Since 1945 compiled by April Carter, Howard Clark and Michael Randle.
In addition this website provides  pdf and Word versions of a few important books on civil resistance that are out of print, as well as making links to classic works available elsewhere online and providing regular updates on  books recently published that are specially relevant.  Since important campaigns using predominantly or exclusively nonviolent methods are continually taking place (many not covered the by the mainstream media) this website also has up-to-date news from other websites specialising in reporting nonviolent action. 

News from Peace News

Call for support for spycop whistleblower Peter Francis

Mon, 16 March 2015


As Theresa May announced a public campaign into the scandals around undercover policing, campaigners against police racism and corruption, The Monitoring Group, have launched a petition to stop the gagging of undercover whistleblower Peter Francis.

ImagePeter Francis, who infiltrated anti-racism and trade union groups in the 1990s, has been at the forefront of exposing a secretive undercover unit, that targeted campaigns since 1968. It is now known that hundreds of officers from the Special Demonstration Squad were deployed across the political spectrum, many using the identities of dead children...

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The World is My Country individual posters and broadsheets

Mon, 9 March 2015

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Posters from the First World War centenary project, The World is My Country, celebrating key figures and events from the anti-war movement. Produced by Peace News.

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News from War Resisters' International


Thu, 26 March 2015

In August 2014 we launched a website specifically on the topic of youth militarisation. It's a place where you can add your own resources - to share documentation on how young people come into contact with the military, and how to challenge the militarisation of young people around the world. Find it here: antimili-youth.net

U.S. AWOL Soldier André Shepherd’s Request for Asylum

Fri, 20 March 2015

The European Court of Justice: Having published its preliminary ruling, what is the next move? by Rudi FriedrichOn February 26, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), having been asked by the Munich Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgericht) to submit a decision on U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd’s request for asylum, published its preliminary ruling. As many media observers now believe that Mr Shepherd’s prospects of being granted asylum status are very remote, Rudi Friedrich from Connection e.V. has now summarized his initial thoughts on whether pessimism is indeed justified and what ramifications the court's preliminary ruling will have. (ed.)

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Maldives: A drowning democracy and the fate of a nonviolent leader

Fri, 27 March 2015

Matt Mulberry, The Daily Beast, March 25, 2015 On Friday the 13th, former president Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison after a charade of a trial that produced a guilty verdict on “terrorism” charges, implausible since he had won an international award in 2012 for his leadership in nonviolent resistance. The Maldives are now a metaphor for all civil societies that are hanging by a thread, in the face of shadowy forces that would take down by violence what nonviolent struggle has accomplished. Civil resistance remains the most effective weapon for democracy’s defenders. Nasheed’s followers are unified, disciplined, and have popular support.

Syria: Standing up for those who use language to challenge repression

Fri, 27 March 2015

Yara Bader, The Guardian, March 25, 2015 “Troublemaker” is how we describe a person who does something within his rights that is forbidden in Syria. You can be a media troublemaker, or a political troublemaker; it might be no more than a sarcastic remark made in public, because even our linguistic audacity has limits, imposed on us over the decades. But Mazen Darwish speaks in a language whose dictionary contains words such as human rights, right to information, and freedom of opinion and expression. In every era there are those who refuse to hide behind a shield of silence.

News from Waging Nonviolence

Spaniards refuse to be silenced despite new anti-protest law

Tue, 31 March 2015

by Ashoka Jegroo

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Students and free speech defenders hit the streets of Madrid last week to protest two controversial new laws — one targeting students and the other dissent.
Spain’s “3+2” law, which shortens undergraduate degrees from four to three years and extends masters degrees from one to two years, was passed by the Spanish government in January — angering much of Spain’s students. In response, students and professors in Spain began a three-day strike on March 24 accompanied with protests attended by 85 percent of the Spanish...

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Student debt strikers grow in number and in power

Mon, 30 March 2015

by Kate Aronoff
(Debt Collective)(Debt Collective)
Just over a month ago, Waging Nonviolence reported that 15 former students of Corinthian Colleges — the beleaguered, notorious for-profit higher education system — were going on strike; not from their jobs, or from class, but from their debt. Today, there are over 100 debt strikers. Their goal is...

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