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

Peace News Summer Camp 2017

Wed, 4 January 2017

Thu, 27/07/2017 - Mon, 31/07/2017

Peace News Summer Camp helps build a radical movement for the future by creating a living community today.
A family-friendly and renewably-powered camp from 27 July–31 July 2017.

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20 Jan: Build Bridges Not Walls!

Fri, 23 December 2016


A call for banner drops on 20 January, the date of Donald Trump's inauguration (as sent to PN)


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News from War Resisters' International

Contribute to a new UN report on conscientious objection to military service

Thu, 19 January 2017

From the Quaker United Nations Office:  The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a call for inputs on the issue of conscientious objection to military service (see attached file). The compiled information will lead to a new UN report on the topic. The report will provide the most comprehensive outline

Solidarity with the 3 conscientious objectors who refused to be examined by the Conscience Examination Committee

Wed, 18 January 2017

Download as a pdf Athens 14/12/2016 On Monday 12 of December, a few days after the anniversary marking 30 years from the first declaration of refusal to enlist on ideological grounds of Mihalis Maragkakis, three new conscientious objectors proceeded to an unprecedented, as for Greece, massive refusal to be examined by the Conscience Examination Committee. Specifically, the 3 conscientious objectors, responding to the Call to boycott the Conscience Examination Committee, issued by the Association of Greek Conscientious Objectors (AGCO), they reported to the Ministry of National Defence. Upon their arrival, the 3 conscientious objectors stated to the Ministry's...

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Gambia: Risk of repression under Jammeh likely to grow among electoral tensions

Thu, 19 January 2017

Zimbabwe: Fighting grassroots corruption through grassroots activism

Thu, 19 January 2017

News from Waging Nonviolence

The history of anti-authoritarian struggle is a history worth repeating

Fri, 20 January 2017

by Sarah Freeman-Woolpert

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Throughout his campaign, critics have drawn comparisons between Donald Trump and authoritarian leaders from the past. From his proposed plans to create a Muslim registry, to threats against journalists and other opponents, these critics urge us to learn from history about the dangers of a leader like him rising to power.
Now that Trump is president, however, we must learn from history in a different way. Nonviolent social movements of the past can teach us lessons about how to resist injustice in the years to come.
If we look to the past for examples of...

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Gabon activists boycott Africa Cup of Nations

Thu, 19 January 2017

by Jean-Marie Ntahimpera

Activists in the former French colony Gabon have launched a boycott of the 31st Africa Cup of Nations. At a press conference last week in Libreville, the capital of Gabon, they said they didn’t want the Pan-African soccer competition — which began on Jan. 14 and will run through Feb. 5 — to take place in Gabon “as long as the truth of the ballot boxes is not restored.” The activists, who are members of Tournons La Page, or Turn The Page, a collective that fights for democracy in Africa, exhorted people to stay home and not to attend the games.
While the campaign has not convinced all soccer lovers, its impact is clear. The French newspaper Le Parisien...

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