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

Peace News Summer Camp 2017

Wed, 4 January 2017

Thu, 27/07/2017 - Mon, 31/07/2017

Peace News Summer Camp helps build a radical movement for the future by creating a living community today.
A family-friendly and renewably-powered camp from 27 July–31 July 2017.

Registration this year: £20-£135 for over-14s. Under-14s £5-£30 by parental income, under-1s free.

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20 Jan: Build Bridges Not Walls!

Fri, 23 December 2016


A call for banner drops on 20 January, the date of Donald Trump's inauguration (as sent to PN)


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News from War Resisters' International

Solidarity with the 3 conscientious objectors who refused to be examined by the Conscience Examination Committee

Wed, 18 January 2017

Download as a pdf Athens 14/12/2016 On Monday 12 of December, a few days after the anniversary marking 30 years from the first declaration of refusal to enlist on ideological grounds of Mihalis Maragkakis, three new conscientious objectors proceeded to an unprecedented, as for Greece, massive refusal to be examined by the Conscience Examination Committee. Specifically, the 3 conscientious objectors, responding to the Call to boycott the Conscience Examination Committee, issued by the Association of Greek Conscientious Objectors (AGCO), they reported to the Ministry of National Defence. Upon their arrival, the 3 conscientious objectors stated to the Ministry's...

Call to boycott the Conscience Examination Committee

Wed, 18 January 2017

Download as a pdf Athens 10/12/2016 The Association of Greek Conscientious Objectors calls on those who have submitted applications in order to be recognized as conscientious objectors and perform alternative service, to boycott, from now on, the Conscience Examination Committee. The existence of a committee, which, like another Holy Inquisition, interrogates the conscientious objectors, violates any sense of the protected right to freedom of conscience.  Furthermore, this interrogation, under the threat of rejection and the subsequent sanctions for insubordination in case the rejected persons insist in their conscientious objection, leads to the collection...

Featured News from ICNC

Tunisians protest against returning militants

Thu, 12 January 2017

Zimbabwe: Tajamuka movement vows more anti-Mugabe protests in 2017

Thu, 12 January 2017

News from Waging Nonviolence

When women revolted

Wed, 18 January 2017

by Laura Tanenbaum and Mark Engler

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Fifty years ago, feminist organizing in the United States entered a vibrant new phase of activity. While pinning down an exact starting date is a controversial endeavor, several major events in the late 1960s heralded the birth of what is often called second-wave feminism. The year 1966 saw the establishment of the National Organization of Women, or NOW, while 1967 featured both the introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment into the Senate and groundbreaking pickets at the New York Times opposing sex-segregated job ads. Then, in 1968, protests at the Miss...

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Gambians protest dictator by preparing for new president’s inauguration

Wed, 18 January 2017

by Phil Wilmot

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The Gambia’s 22-year dictator Yahya Jammeh shocked the world Dec. 2 when he called incoming President Adama Barrow on the phone, congratulating him on his electoral victory.
Jubilations lasted no more than a week, as Jammeh reversed his concession of defeat on Dec. 9, when he claimed the results had been rigged. The incumbent’s Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction, or APRC party, has since filed a petition over election fraud in the Supreme Court.
While Jammeh has a history of sacking Supreme Court judges without warning — and stacking the judicial system...

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