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

Better World Links

Tue, 2 February 2016

An internet directory of many thousands of links to global peace organisations and resources, as well as a host of related topics.


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The Housmans World Peace Database

Tue, 2 February 2016

The Housmans World Peace Database is an authoritative listing of peace and related organisations around the world. It’s the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of its kind.


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News from War Resisters' International

Conscientious objector in Bolivia

Thu, 11 February 2016

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A conscientious objector in Bolivia, José Miguel Orías, has been recognised as a CO by a court in La Paz, provided he fulfills conditions they have stipulated. The Constitutional Court will now review the decision made in La Paz; this will likely happen within the next six months. The Bolivian Minister of Defence has previously publicly rejected the possibility of Bolivia recoginsiing the right of conscientious objection to...

New concluding observations from the UN: Austria and South Korea

Thu, 11 February 2016

The United Nations' Human Rights' Committee have published new concluding observations following the examination of Austria and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) as part of the Universal Periodic Review. The Committee called upon the state of Austria to 'ensure that the length of service alternative to military service required for conscientious objectors is not punitive in nature.' It demanded that...

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

Protecting war tax resistance strengthens antiwar movement

Thu, 11 February 2016

by David Gross
Peter Smith carries a check representing redirected war taxes in a demonstration accompanying the NWTRCC national gathering in Asheville, North Carolina, in May 2013. (WNV/Ruth Benn)Peter Smith carries a check representing redirected war taxes in a demonstration accompanying the NWTRCC national gathering in Asheville, North Carolina, in May 2013. (WNV/Ruth Benn)
The thing about the 1 percent is that we outnumber them. They don’t have enough jail cells to lock us all down. They ought to be...

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How veterans can lead progressive politics and bring back the peace movement

Tue, 9 February 2016

by Perry O'Brien
U.S. Army veteran Perry O'Brien questions former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. (Beyond the Choir)U.S. Army veteran Perry O’Brien questions former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. (Beyond the Choir / Ange Tran)
A few weeks ago, I joined a group of fellow veterans in New Hampshire for the GOP’s “First-in-the-Nation” Presidential Town Hall. We came into a strange scene at the Nashua Radisson, where the event was being held. A group of naval cadets stood in the lobby, the young trainees having apparently been summoned to serve as...

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