Joint security forces torture minor during armed clash in Intan Jaya – other residents allegedly tortured and houses burnt

Fifteen-year-old Mekelon Sondegau was allegedly beaten and tortured by Indonesian joint security forces during an armed clash between the Indonesian military and police and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) in the Bajemba Village, Sugapa District, Intan Jaya Regency, on 1 November 2023.

Another Papuan man, Mr Alex Sondegau, was allegedly shot. There were no casualties among combatants during the clash. However, the Indonesian military burnt at least 4 houses (reports mention 4, 5, and 6 houses), tortured residents, and killed livestock in Bajemba.

Reports mention that three people, namely Mr Damianus Sondegau, Mrs Nopeliana Bagubau, and Mr Martinus Sondegau were arrested and taken to the police mobile brigade (Brimob) headquarters in Sugapa. 

Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Sugapa (-3.7934045327781645, 137.09028809586252)
administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Tengah Province, Intan Jaya Regency, Sugapa District, Bajemba Village
total number of victims: five
period of incident: 01.11.2023
perpetrator: other security forces
perpetrator details: unknown
Issues: torture, ill-treatment, indigenous peoples, arbitrary arrest
Further HRM News:  

NumberName, DetailsGenderAgeGroup AffiliationViolations
1Mekelon Sondegaumale15indigenoustorture
1Alex Sondegaumaleunknownindigenousill-treatment
1Damianus Sondegaumaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Nopeliana Bagubaufemaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Martinus Sondegaumaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention