Civil disorders

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Other Names:
Social disorder
Civil unrest
Civil disturbances

Civil disorder, also known as civil disturbance, civil unrest, or social unrest is a situation arising from a mass act of civil disobedience (such as a demonstration, riot, strike, or unlawful assembly) in which law enforcement has difficulty maintaining their authority.


Civil unrest flared up in Nigeria in 1993, in an unprecedented civilian challenge to the military following the rejection of the presidential election results by the Nigerian military leader Ibrahim Babangida.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST