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

Western Sahara

Sat, 1 October 2016

Both Morocco and the Polisario Front of Western Sahara suffered reverses on 13 September.

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Nepali peace

Sat, 1 October 2016

At the beginning of August, Nepal’s political merry-go-round installed Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, known as ‘Prachanda’, as prime minister once again after the previous premier resigned in th

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News from War Resisters' International

"Mirar Morir - Watch Them Die" Documentary Screenings

Fri, 23 September 2016

On 26 September 2014, students from the Ayotzinapa college in Guerrero, Mexico were attacked by local police, leaving a toll of six dead. A further 43 students disappeared that night, and have not been seen since.

The nonviolent resistance manual crowdfunder

Fri, 23 September 2016

We are currently crowdfunding for a new website - The Nonviolent Resistance Manual will be an online space for all of WRI's resources in nonviolent resistance and social change. We are aiming to raise £1000, and have some exciting 'perks' (like tshirts, tote bags, books and badges) as a 'thank you' for your support.

Featured News from ICNC

Mexico: Protesters call for President Nieto to resign

Thu, 22 September 2016

Spain: Display of force by animal rights movement

Thu, 22 September 2016

News from Waging Nonviolence

How communities are using direct democracy to shape city budgets

Wed, 28 September 2016

by Brandon Jordan
Youth collect ideas for participatory budgeting in Seattle. (Facebook/PBP)Youth collect ideas for participatory budgeting in Seattle. (Facebook/PBP)
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Why women will liberate Uganda from its dictator

Thu, 22 September 2016

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