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MagForce (or Mag Force) International is a manufacturer of military equipment based in France, with head offices in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers. The company sells equipment and vehicles to militaries and the police forces around the world, including uniforms and other clothing, armoured vehicles, and crowd control weaponry. The company’s website includes various water cannons, riot shields, and chemical weapons such as mace. MagForce International sells equipment to governments all over the world, and especially to African and Middle Eastern countries. It also markets equipment to private security companies.


In 2013, MagForce International was an exhibitor at the London arms fair, Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). MagForce International were removed from the fair - alongside Chinese company Tian Jin MyWay International Trading - after human rights campaigners uncovered evidence that the company was marketing equipment banned in the UK because it can be used in torture (see title image), including leg restraints and electric stun guns. Activists tried to bring a private prosecution against both companies, but were restricted in doing so by the UK government.

The company has continued to exhibit at other arms fairs around the world, including MiliPol and Eurosatory in Paris, AidEx in Brussels, and at ShieldAfrica, an arms fair taking place in South Africa in January 2017.

According to CorporateWatch, in 2013 MagForce International supplied eight Zodiac inflatable boats to the Ivory Coast, despite a UN arms embargo. A UN report in 2012 that an arms trafficking network including Frédéric Lafont, who represented MagForce International at the time, of "repeated violations to the sanctions regime."

This Thursday (25th May), War Resisters' International is organising a webinar on conscientious objection, peace education and countering youth militarisation in South Korea.

Each month, we will feature a different WRI affiliate. This month it's ONAD, the Organisation for Nonviolence and Development, from South Sudan!

ONAD works for a nonviolent, peaceful and democratic society through training and advocacy in; nonviolence and peacebuilding, governance & civic education, community empowerment & gender and internal organizational development.

ONAD is acronym for Organisation for Nonviolence and Development (formerly known as SONAD was founded in 1994 in Khartoum at the peak of civil war. ONAD is founded on the belief and conviction that just, peaceful and democratic societies can be achieved by people who are conscious and aware of their civil and political rights.  ONAD is an organization dedicated to the cause of nonviolence. To ONAD, this means commitment to justice without the use of force that destroys or causes injury to enemy or his/her properties. We believe a movement built on nonviolence should critically analyze injustice and work to liberate both the oppressed and the oppressor.

Connect with ONAD: Website | Facebook | Twitter


In May and June 2017, activists in Canada, Israel and France have taken nonviolent direct action against arms fairs. In Ottawa, Canada, 40 activists blockaded the entrance to the CANSEC fair for over an hour. CANSEC is an annual two day event hosting 800 companies from across the arms industries, and attended by 12,000 people. As well as exhibits of weapons and other equipment, attendees were given the opportunity to hear presentations from government ministers and attend evening receptions sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Jamii Ya Kupatanisha Fellowship of Reconciliation in Uganda

Associated Organisation

P.O Box 198, Kampala