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

The surprising popularity and effectiveness of nonviolence

Wed, 1 June 2016

Lisa Cumming reports on three-day seminar on nonviolent resistance at Leeds Beckett University


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The carrying stream

Wed, 1 June 2016


Connecting the threads of past to future through our lives and songs

If you don’t live in Scotland, you might not know the phrase, ‘the carrying stream’.

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News from War Resisters' International

Southeastern Turkey: WRI Delegation Report is available online!

Tue, 28 June 2016

 Hulya UcpinarPhoto: Hulya UcpinarWar Resisters‘ International, in collaboration with Connection e.V. in Germany and nonviolent activists and WRI members from Turkey sent a delegation to the Southeast of Turkey between 26-29 April. A report from the delegation's visit, which included activists from Austria, Germany, Spain and Sweden, is now available online.During their visit, the delegation met officials, peace and human rights activists in Diyarbakir, Cizre and surrounding towns affected by the curfews and armed conflict that have been ongoing since August...

Trident Ploughshares month of action at Burghfield AWE

Tue, 28 June 2016

Put Down the Sword activist being cut out of a lock-on tubePut Down the Sword activist being cut out of a lock-on tubeIn the UK, WRI affiliate Trident Ploughshares have held a month of nonviolent action against the construction of nuclear weapons at Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment. WRI affiliates from Finland, Germany and Belgium joined Trident...

Featured News from ICNC

Coming soon! Nonviolent Conflict News, your window into coverage of civil resistance worldwide.

Wed, 20 April 2016

As a way to keep up with news of civil resistance around the world, we will soon launch Nonviolent Conflict News (NVCNews.org). Check back in late April or early May for more information about this exciting new resource!

News from Waging Nonviolence

Veterans lead fight against sexual assault in the military

Fri, 1 July 2016

by Nan Levinson

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By the Pentagon’s own estimate, some 20,300 sexual assaults involving the U.S. military took place in the last fiscal year. About one quarter, or 6,083, of those were reported; 543 cases came to court martial by the year’s end; in 413 of those cases, the accused was found guilty; and 331 of them were imprisoned. Do the math and you’ll find that about one in 60 of the estimated sexual attacks in the military last year resulted in j­ail time.
At a moment when it seems that everyone with thumbs and a keyboard has weighed in on the rape case at Stanford University, less attention...

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Activists occupy major park in Budapest to stop unwanted development

Wed, 29 June 2016

by Colby Hopkins
Ligetvédők organizers and supporters spend time in the camp socializing and building relationships. (WNV/Colby Hopkins) Ligetvédők organizers and supporters spend time in the camp socializing and building relationships. (WNV/Colby Hopkins)
A small group of committed activists in Budapest have set up a camp in Városliget, or City Park, to stop the government from clearing trees for the construction of a new museum quarter.
In October...

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