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

European Antimilitarist Network members questioned under UK anti-terror law

Sun, 1 March 2015

European Antimilitarist Network members meeting before Burghfield LockdownEuropean Antimilitarist Network members meeting before Burghfield Lockdown   Burghfield Lockdown: 25 European Activists Questioned under Schedule 7 Terrorism Act 2000 in Calais 25 international peace activists from Finland, Sweden, and Belgium travelling on a coach from Finland to Burghfield in Berkshire to take part in the Burghfield Lockdown blockade planned for Monday 2 March were stopped and searched under Schedule 7 Terrorism...

Desertion in Ukraine

Fri, 27 February 2015

 Bem photographyPhoto: Bem photographyIn the middle a wave of 'emergency conscription' in Ukraine, reports of desertion are high - especially in the West.  A mayor of a town in western Ukraine said “At least here mobilisation has been a total failure. People don’t understand what they are fighting against.” However the Ukrainian government has accused Russian government media of inflating desertion figues in a concerted propaganda campaign. Conscription had ended in Ukraine in 2013, but was reimposed in 2014. A new Ukrainian government decree regulates foreign travel for those...

Featured News from ICNC

Russia: Massive march for murdered opposition leader

Tue, 3 March 2015

Alec Luhn and Shaun Walker, The Guardian, March 1, 2015 They came with placards and plaintive cries of “shame” – a vast column of mourners snaking through central Moscow to commemorate Boris Nemtsov. It was the biggest Moscow demonstration since the protests of 2011-12, which shook Putin’s leadership to the core. But as tens of thousands paid their last respects, the mood was one of quiet dismay rather than explosive anger. Opposition politician Mikhail Kasyanov stated: “I think this killing has…forced people to rethink the reality in which we live. The tragic death of Boris should be a turning point in our society, for those people who are not indifferent to what is happening in our country.”

Palestine: A decade of civil disobedience in one West Bank village

Tue, 3 March 2015

Abdallah Abu Rahma, Haaretz via International Solidarity Movement, March 2, 2015 The achievements of the village of Bil’in a resistance movement is the result of a collective effort that everyone can take pride in — Palestinians, activists from abroad and Israeli activists. We take pride not over the large number of protests but rather over the fact that we set a goal for ourselves and have accomplished it. We are simple people and are not large in number, but from the first moment, we refused to accept the reality the occupation was imposing on us. And everyone agreed on a common goal: persistent opposition to the fence, until it came down.

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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