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

Raising atomic awareness

Thu, 20 October 2016


An interview with Daniele Santi – secretary general of the Buddhist peace group, Senzatomica.

PN: What is Senzatomica?

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Western Sahara

Sat, 1 October 2016

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

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News from War Resisters' International

Countering the Militarisation of Youth Report to E-Council 2016

Wed, 19 October 2016

In this session, we are hoping to have a discussion on our network’s youth demilitarisation work, and the links we can build up via our Countering the Militarisation of Youth (CMoY) programme.Below you can find a brief report on a number of CMoY programme activities that I would like to be in touch with you about.

Right to Refuse to Kill report to eCouncil, 2016

Thu, 13 October 2016

Featured News from ICNC

Cambodia: World Habitat Day marred by beatings of human rights defenders

Mon, 17 October 2016

Iranian writer given long jail term for story about stoning

Mon, 17 October 2016

News from Waging Nonviolence

Hawaii’s Mauna Kea protectors remain steadfast in opposition to giant telescope

Fri, 21 October 2016

by Sarah Aziza
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The crackdown on Dakota Access Pipeline reporters shows the vital role of independent media

Wed, 19 October 2016

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