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. 

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News from War Resisters' International

Eurosatory – Protests at the arms fair

Fri, 19 August 2016

Originally published in Le Sentier de la Paix, No 73, June 2016: http://agirpourlapaix.be/wp-content/uploads/SDLP73_V2.pdfTranslated by Lewis Sinkala

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Mon, 8 August 2016

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