Papuan minor shot dead during armed clash in Intan Jaya

On 1 March 2024, seventeen-year-old Papuan boy Nelson Sani was shot dead during an armed clash between the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) and members of the Raider 330 military command in the Mamba Village, Sugapa District of Intan Jaya Regency. A military member was killed during the attack. Nelson was standing near the military post as the attack occurred. According to witness testimonies, he fell to the ground as military members returned fire. He died at the site of the crime as a result of a shot in the chest (see photos, source: independent HRD). The relatives demand justice for the killing of Nelson Sani. They emphasised that Nelson was still attending school and was not affiliated with TPNPB.

Following the incident, military members brought Nelson’s body to the town of Timika, Mimika District, against the parent’s will on the day of the incident. The projectile was removed during the post-mortem examination in Timika and later confiscated by members of the military. The parents were allowed to take pictures. On the following day, the body was brought to Nabire Town, where he was buried on 3 March 2024 (see photo below, source: independent HRD).

Post-mortem examination of the body in Timika on 1 march 2024 and burial in Nabire on 3 March 2024

Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Mamba (-3.7408240894663836, 136.97965155662382)
administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Tengah Province, Intan Jaya Regency, Sugapa District, Mamba Village
total number of victims: one
period of incident: 01.03.2024
perpetrator:  other security forces 
perpetrator details: Raider 330 Military Command
Issues: indigenous peoples, execution, ill-treatment 
Further HRM News:

NumberName, DetailsGenderAgeGroup AffiliationViolations
1Nelson Sanimale17indigenousexecution