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

‘War is Peace’

Thu, 1 December 2016

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Welsh event explores Orwellian present

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Chomsky warns of climate emergency

Thu, 1 December 2016

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Global South takes lead on zero-carbon future as climate denier elected US president

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News from War Resisters' International

WRI stands in solidarity with the Syrian civilian population who are victims of the war

Wed, 30 November 2016

War Resisters' International's Council have made a statement in solidarity with the Syrian civilian population who are victims of the ongoing war. We promise to act in support of individuals and grassroots' groups who, in the midst of violence, continue to resist militarisation and war, persist in the nonviolent struggle against the dictatorship and for democracy in Syria, and show the way to peace.Read the full statement...

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Tue, 29 November 2016

 Activists in Israel dress as soldiers to take part in a protest, in solidarity with imprisoned conscientious objectorsHear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil: Activists in Israel dress as soldiers to take part in a protest, in solidarity with imprisoned conscientious objectors"Thanks to our links with WRI, real, tangible international solidarity has become possible. For...

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Brazil: Initiative seeks to create free labs for activists

Thu, 1 December 2016

Legacy of dissident movements could have lessons for today

Thu, 1 December 2016

News from Waging Nonviolence

Standing Rock celebrates victory while pondering the struggle ahead

Mon, 5 December 2016

by Sarah Aziza

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After months of peaceful resistance, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their allies scored a historic victory on Sunday, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would deny construction permits for a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The announcement essentially halts the project, while also highlighting the power of the sustained resistance movement by Native Americans, environmental activists and thousands of allies.
The stand-off at Standing Rock began months ago...

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Movement builds to stop Congo’s president from postponing election

Fri, 2 December 2016

by David Kode

The Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC, is grappling with a political crisis, following a move by the Constitutional Court affirming the electoral commission’s decision to postpone the date for the next presidential elections by 16 months. This decision effectively extends the current — and supposedly last — mandate of President Joseph Kabila to April 2018, but it has been challenged and described as a “constitutional coup” by civil society organizations and two main political opposition parties.
On the website of the Congolese civil society movement Lutte Pour Le Changement, or LUCHA, is a picture of Kabila, inscribed with the date December 19...

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