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

Women win apologies from police over undercover police relationships

Fri, 20 November 2015


After four years of legal struggle, the Metropolitan police finally concede that undercover relationships were an abuse of power and violated women's human rights

Statement by the eight women:

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Albert Hunt 31 December 1928 - 21 September 2015

Mon, 26 October 2015


A tribute to Peace News's ground-breaking drama critic 

Albert Hunt, critic, playwright and educator, and former staff member and drama critic of Peace News, was part of the wave of innovators that transformed the British theatrical scene in the 1960s and 1970s and pioneered an approach to adult education based on the active participation of students in games and creative improvisation.

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News from War Resisters' International

Prisoners for Peace Day 2015

Mon, 23 November 2015

Write to peace activists in prison - find the details you need here. Each year on 1st December War Resisters' International and its members mark Prisoners for Peace Day, when we publicise the names and stories of those imprisoned for actions for peace. Many are conscientious objectors, in gaol for refusing to join the military. Others have taken nonviolent actions to disrupt preparation for war. This day is a chance for you to demonstrate your support for them. WRI has a permanent...

Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq

Mon, 23 November 2015

We're delighted to add a new publication to WRI's online book store! Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq, from Ali Issa of War Resisters League.Collected from dozens of interviews with, and reports from, Iraqi feminists, labor organizers, environmentalists, and protest movement leaders, Against All Odds presents the unique voices of progressive Iraqi organizing on the ground. Dating back to 2003, with an emphasis on the 2011 upsurge in mobilization and hope as well as the...

Featured News from ICNC

Burma: How much change can be achieved?

Mon, 23 November 2015

Christian Caryl, New York Review of Books, November 17, 2015
On November 8, when the Burmese went to the polls in their first relatively free election in 25 years, they voted overwhelmingly for the party that advertised itself with a simple slogan: “Time for Change.” Voters seized the chance to demonstrate their support for the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. But that doesn’t mean that Suu Kyi will be able to implement the sort of changes that the electorate expects. The constitution seriously constrains her freedom of action, and the military has so far made it clear that it isn’t prepared to allow it to be amended.

Angola: Rapper accused of rebellion

Mon, 23 November 2015

BBC, November 16, 2015
Luaty Beirao, an Angolan rapper, is among 17 activists who have gone on trial in Angola's capital, Luanda, charged with preparing acts of rebellion and plotting against the president and state institutions. He was arrested in June with book club members discussing the 1993 book by Gene Sharp called From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation. The rapper has been an outspoken critic of the government, calling for a fairer distribution of the country's oil wealth.

News from Waging Nonviolence

Curbing corruption with civil resistance

Mon, 23 November 2015

by Elena Volkava
51gp4yolJCL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Corruption is a widespread and global phenomenon, ranging from “narco-corruption” in Central America to “petty corruption” in Eastern Europe, such as candidates buying votes with buckwheat and sunflower oil before elections. Rather than focusing on the issue itself, Shaazka Beyerle explores how corruption is being curbed with civil resistance...

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Protesters march one year after the police killing of Akai Gurley

Sun, 22 November 2015

by Ashoka Jegroo
Akai Gurley's family lead a march for justice on the anniversary of his death. (WNV/Ashoka Jegroo) Akai Gurley’s family lead a march for justice on the anniversary of his death. (WNV/Ashoka Jegroo)
Hundreds of people gathered and marched in Brooklyn, New York on November 20 to commemorate one year since Akai Gurley was shot by a police officer while walking down a project stairwell.
“Today, we honored a man who was murdered by the NYPD one year ago,” said Asere Bello, one of the march’s organizers and a member...

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