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

Celebrating Chelsea Manning's freedom

Sat, 27 May 2017

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Review: Kicked in the Sh*tter

Wed, 19 April 2017

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News from War Resisters' International

Actions against NATO in Brussels

Wed, 24 May 2017

Actions are taking place in Brussels this week against in the run up to the NATO summit. Yesterday (23rd May), a group of peace activists occupied the offices of the European Commission. With their action they denounced the steps the European Union is taking to start a military research programme carried out by the arms industry. They set up tents, and were in place in all morning. See a video of yesterday's occupation of the European Commission here.

Webinar: Resisting militarisation in South Korea

Wed, 24 May 2017

This Thursday (25th May), War Resisters' International is organising a webinar on conscientious objection, peace education and countering youth militarisation in South Korea. In the webinar, we will be joined by two Seoul-based activists, Hanui Choi (PEACE MOMO) and Seungho Park (World without War), who have been active within the peace movement for many years. In order to join us, register here: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=ED50D784854B3ATime and Date: 12:00 (BST), 13:...

Featured News from ICNC

Ahmadullah Archiwal

Thu, 25 May 2017

Ahmadullah Archiwal, an ICNC High School Curriculum Fellow, developed, offered and moderated a course on the introduction to civil resistance in 2016 as part of the ICNC High School Curriculum Fellowship. The information featured below was submitted as part of the fellowship requirement that, among others, included creating a detailed course proposal, developing curriculum content, […]
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Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza talks about nonviolent resistance

Thu, 18 May 2017

ICNC sat down recently with renowned Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza, vice chairman of the pro-democracy NGO, Open Russia. Kara-Murza, who has been in the Putin regime’s crosshairs for years, shared his thoughts on various aspects of nonviolent civil resistance in his native country.
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News from Waging Nonviolence

Behind the sprawling, chaotic movement to boycott Trump

Thu, 25 May 2017

by Mattea Kramer

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This story was originally published by TomDispatch.
In normal times, Dee from New York would have ordered her copy of “The Handmaid’s Tale” from Amazon, but these are not normal times. Amazon is on the Grab Your Wallet list, a campaign to boycott retailers that sell Trump family products, which began as a response to the...

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Syrians roll back extremism in Idlib without military intervention

Tue, 23 May 2017

by Julia Taleb
Syrian women protest extremists in Idlib CitySyrian women protesting against the oppressive practices of extremist armed groups in Idlib City. (WNV/Shadi Zidani)
The U.S. airstrikes in response to the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province last month triggered calls for greater...

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