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, Vols 1 and 2 (published by Merlin Press, 2013 and 2015). Vol. 1 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. focuses on transnational social movements for social and economic justice (including indigenous, feminist and LGBT campaigns and resistance to neoliberal economic policies) and on green and peace movements. It also includes some campaigns which arise out of particular national circumstances, against perversion of democratic standards and/or political corruption, or for regional autonomy or independence.

Both volumes have been transferred to the web in substantially the same form as the printed versions, but with some changes appropriate to their joint presence online, and with a few corrections and some factual updating incorporated into introductory text. New books and articles relevant both to nonviolent action in general and to specific movements or campaigns have appeared since the volumes were printed, and some have been or will be added to the appropriate sections. In addition important new protests which are part of the movements covered, or significant new movements, have emerged since the volumes were printed. The aim is to incorporate these once there is a reasonably substantial literature to cite.

In addition this website provides  pdf and Word versions of a few important books on civil resistance that are out of print. 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

Minority report

Tue, 1 August 2017

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Bruce Kent: As I please

Tue, 1 August 2017

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News from War Resisters' International

BAE Systems profiting from surveillance in human rights abusing states

Fri, 30 June 2017

Journalists in the UK and Denmark have uncovered evidence that BAE Systems – the UK's largest arms companies and one of the largest in the world – has profited from the sale of surveillance technology, including to many oppressive governments in the Middle East.

Heckler & Koch recall prank

Fri, 30 June 2017

In May 2017, US vendors of weapons made by German company Heckler and Koch received a letter purporting to be from Martin Obermann, the company's head of Transatlantic Sales, informing them of a mass recall of the weapons. The letter read,

Featured News from ICNC

ICNC 2017 Research Fellows

Tue, 15 August 2017

In 2017, the ICNC Research Fellowship received a total of 36 applications from Ph.D. candidates and Junior Faculty and awarded 5 stipends. The 2017 Research Fellows work in Mexico City, New Jersey, North Carolina, London, and Manitoba. The goal of these stipends is to assist awardees in expanding their analytical and methodological focus, support empirical […]
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New Zealand government rejects West Papua human rights petition

Thu, 3 August 2017

News from Waging Nonviolence

Tacoma residents and indigenous communities unite to oppose LNG plant

Mon, 14 August 2017

by Brandon Jordan
Activists marching down the...

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The first trans-gay migrant caravan arrives at US border seeking asylum

Fri, 11 August 2017

by Sarah Aziza
Members of the Rainbow 16 pose in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. (WNV / Diversidad sin Fronteras)
A caravan of 16 LGBTQI migrants, along with a handful of allies, set out from the Mexican...

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