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

Tom Morton-Smith, Oppenheimer; Angus Jackson (dir), Oppenheimer

Mon, 1 June 2015

Oberon Books, 2015; 96pp; £9.99; Vaudeville Theatre, London, 27 March – 23 May 2015

ImageTom Morton-Smith’s newly-commissioned play for

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'Gamifying' peace

Mon, 1 June 2015


New app to 'educate' soldiers

ImageThe ‘Fighter, not Killer’ app for Apple and

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News from War Resisters' International

A Second Time Around

Mon, 29 June 2015

"A Second Time Around" by Arlo Tatum forms a chapter in CJ Hinke's new book about war resisters in prison, forthcoming from Trine-Day in Spring 2016. (He welcomes suggestion for a title!). CJ was the last person arrested for the Vietnam draft and lives in Thailand where he has co-founded the Nonviolent Conflict Workshop (NVCW) to teach the tactics of Gene Sharp and develop new ones. See https://prisonwarresisters.wordpress.com.

Human Rights Council holds interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea

Mon, 29 June 2015

Read the submission from the European Union here.MORNING24 June 2015 Concludes Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on EritreaThe Human Rights Council this morning discussed the situation of human rights in Eritrea, holding an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, and concluding its interactive dialogue with the Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea.

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Turkey: Successful elections a model for how nonviolent action can affect political structures

Fri, 3 July 2015

Julian Sayarer, openDemocracy, July 2, 2015 The elections of 2015 should be seen as the final act of the Gezi protests. They are testament to the triumph Turkish protesters won. In conversations, the clauses “before Gezi” and “since Gezi” have become commonplace, lingual evidence for the watershed then reached. The recent elections are evidence that grassroots movements can be converted into actions that will force their relevance upon established political structures. Given the high-handed, condescending tone that politicians often take towards these movements, the Turkish elections are of profound significance.

Ukraine: Saving the country includes supporting Maidan protesters

Fri, 3 July 2015

Wolfgang Ischinger, Today's Zaman, July 3, 2015 Addressing the challenges facing Ukraine requires policymakers inside and outside the country to help stabilize its economy, protect its territory, and create space for reforms. The power of European values should not be underestimated. The young Ukrainians who protested in the Maidan square -- not against Russia but against a corrupt elite that was robbing their country -- must be supported. The EU has the opportunity to have a large impact by providing a visa-free travel program, creating more grants for Ukrainian students, and increasing support for NGOs.

News from Waging Nonviolence

What white allies can learn from allies in the gay rights struggle

Sat, 4 July 2015

by George Lakey
Barbara Gittings picket at Independence Hall on July 4, 1965. (LGBT50.org / Kay Tobin Lahusen) Barbara Gittings picket at Independence Hall on July 4, 1965. (LGBT50.org / Kay Tobin Lahusen)
Learning from success is a sweet exercise, and white Americans who oppose racism can learn from the extraordinary gay rights gains that will be marked in Philadelphia this July 4 weekend. Fifty years ago Paul Kuntzler participated in America’s kick-off direct action, when 40 lesbians and gays picketed Philadelphia’s Independence...

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Spaniards continue protesting as new ‘gag law’ takes effect

Fri, 3 July 2015

by Ashoka Jegroo

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Spain’s controversial new “Public Security Law,” known as “La Ley Mordaza,” or the “gag law,” officially went into effect on July 1 following protests around the country by thousands of protesters.
The law, which has been the target of much criticism from journalists, lawyers associations, the opposition Socialist Party,...

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