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

Je suis Joman

Sun, 1 February 2015

On 19 January, Israeli police Monday arrested pregnant journalist Joman Abu Arafeh as she was leaving the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, according to the Palestine News & Information Agency (WAFA

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Western Sahara

Sun, 1 February 2015

On 19 December, Kosmos Energy of the US and Cairn Energy of Scotland became the first companies ever to drill for oil in Western Sahara, a territory illegally occupied by Morocco since 1975.

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News from War Resisters' International

Conscientious objection: news from Colombia, and Finnish petition

Thu, 29 January 2015

Campaigners in Colombia have been boosted by a new ruling from the Constitutional Court. Yesterday, in a case brought by two conscientious objectors (COs) who had been forcibly recruited into the military, the Court ordered the National Recruitment Office to: resolve applications for CO within 15 days; to publish a booklet that notifies youth of their grounds for exemption, deferral, and their right to CO; and to end the practices of arbitrary detention, including batidas (recruitment raids, usually in public spaces). This right to claim conscientious objection includes once they have...

Support the Spanish translation of WRI's Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns

Thu, 29 January 2015

WRI is running a crowdfunder that will enable the translation into Spanish of the new edition of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns

Featured News from ICNC

Saving the new Ukraine from corruption and Russian threats

Wed, 28 January 2015

Bernard-Henri Levy and George Soros, NY Times, January 27, 2015 A new Ukraine was born a year ago in the pro-European protests that helped to drive ex-President Yanukovych from power. The spirit behind hundreds of thousands who gathered in the Maidan is stronger than ever. The transformation has been a rare experiment in participatory democracy. The new Ukraine, however, faces a potent challenge from the old Ukraine. The latter is solidly entrenched in a state bureaucracy that has worked hand in hand with a business oligarchy. And the reformers are also up against the manifest hostility of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, who wants at all costs to destabilize Ukraine.

China: Civil society remains hopeful amid fierce crackdown

Wed, 28 January 2015

Teng Biao, The Guardian, January 24, 2015 China’s civil society has little cause for optimism in the year ahead. The country is now seeing the worst crackdown on lawyers, activists and scholars in decades. But pro-democracy and civil rights activists are still optimistic. There is the expansion of the internet and globalization, and the rise of civic awareness and social movements. The existing ideology continues to lose its appeal, and the existing model of development is facing growing crises. Despite the pressure, civil society in China is prepared to fight for its survival, growth and transition into a free, democratic country.

News from Waging Nonviolence

Must you be a ‘work martyr’ to change the world?

Fri, 30 January 2015

by Kate Aronoff
Occupy Wall Street activists ar Zuccotti Park in September 2011. (Flickr / Paul Weiskel)Occupy Wall Street activists ar Zuccotti Park in September 2011. (Flickr / Paul Weiskel)
An article at CNBC this week described the phenomenon of “work martyrs,” employees who routinely work more than 50 hours a week, many without overtime pay. One...

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Chile’s LGBT movement wins historic victory with approval of civil unions

Thu, 29 January 2015

by Monse Sepulveda
Chileans celebrate the passage of a civil union law on Jan. 28. (Twitter/Orbitagay)Chileans celebrate the passage of a civil union law on Jan. 28. (Twitter/Orbitagay)
Rarely, do we activists get the opportunity to take out our rainbow flags and banners, not to stage a demonstration, but to celebrate. On January 28, Chilean activists had that rare opportunity: after four years of intense work by LGBT organizations,...

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