Saudi teenager Murtaja Qureiris is facing execution for charges that he participated in anti-government protests between the ages of 10 and 13. Murtaja was arrested at the age of 13 when he and his family were traveling to Bahrain. Tortured into a false confession, he has been in prison ever since his arrest and now faces execution.

Already in April of this year, Saudi Arabia carried out a mass execution, by beheading, of 37 people, 33 of them Shia minority like Murtaja. The UN and human rights groups have been condemning Saudi executions, including the plan to kill Murtaja by crucifixion or dismemberment after execution. But the U.S relationship with Saudi Arabia provides a shield of impunity for the country to continue to use executions — including of children — to crush dissent.

Executing a young man for participation in protests when he was 10-years-old crosses a line. Add your name to our petition calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to tell Saudi Arabia they much not take the life of Murtaja Qureiris and instead must release him immediately.


Dear Secretary Pompeo and Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud,

We are gravely concerned about the life of Saudi teenager Murtaja Qureiris, facing execution in Saudi Arabia for participating in anti-government protests when he was between the age of 10 and 13.

Since the arrest of Murtaja as a 13-year-old, he has had his basic rights taken away, placed in solitary confinement, denied access to a lawyer, and tortured into making a confession.

Saudi Arabia is a state party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which strictly prohibits the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by anyone below the age of 18.

Already this year, Saudi Arabia has carried out a mass execution of 37 people, 33 of them Shia minority like Murtaja Qureiris.

I urge you to immediately call for a halt of the execution of Murtaja Qureiris call for his release, and establish an official moratorium on all executions of people who are charged with crimes allegedly committed as a child.


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Mark Cripe
Susan Spivack
Frances Blair
Zuhair Al-Atwi
Linda Greene
Mari Matsumoto
Diane Marie
Jorge Sorger
Hussah Madhe
Sharon Baker
Carol Pucak
Carol Dickinson
Wayne Young
Robert Gibb
Elizabeth Fisher
Melvin Turcanik
Anushka Drescher
Susanne Kiriaty
Herbert J. Hoffman
Smadar Carmon
Natylie Baldwin
carlos ugalde
Jill hamze
Karen Barton
Farrell Brody
Yvonne kravitz
Eilene Janke
Johanna Cummings
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  • Mark Cripe
    signed 2019-06-11 13:40:00 -0400
  • Jorge Sorger
    @sorger4 tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-11 13:39:51 -0400
    Saudi Arabia is looking to execute child prisoner Murtaja Qureiris arrested 5 years ago at the age of 13. Murtaja is charged with participating in anti-government protests. Don’t let Saudi Arabia kill Murtaja. #SaveMurtaja https://www.codepink.org/murtaja?recruiter_id=390676
  • Susan Spivack
    signed 2019-06-11 13:39:47 -0400
    Susan Spivack
  • Frances Blair
    signed 2019-06-11 13:39:46 -0400
  • Zuhair Al-Atwi
    signed 2019-06-11 13:39:42 -0400
  • Linda Greene
    signed 2019-06-11 13:39:39 -0400
  • Mari Matsumoto
    signed 2019-06-11 13:39:35 -0400
  • Diane Marie
    signed 2019-06-11 13:39:27 -0400
  • Jorge Sorger
    signed 2019-06-11 13:39:27 -0400
    Jorge (George) Sorger
  • Hussah Madhe
    signed 2019-06-11 13:39:21 -0400
  • Sharon Baker
    signed 2019-06-11 13:39:08 -0400
    Do you really want his blood on your hands? It will be if you do not help stop this.
  • Carol Pucak
    signed 2019-06-11 13:38:59 -0400
  • Carol Dickinson
    signed 2019-06-11 13:38:59 -0400
  • Wayne Young
    signed 2019-06-11 13:38:57 -0400
  • Robert Gibb
    signed 2019-06-11 13:38:49 -0400
  • Elizabeth Fisher
    signed 2019-06-11 13:38:49 -0400
  • Melvin Turcanik
    signed 2019-06-11 13:38:41 -0400
  • Anushka Drescher
    signed 2019-06-11 13:38:41 -0400
  • Susanne Kiriaty
    signed 2019-06-11 13:38:33 -0400
  • Herbert J. Hoffman
    signed 2019-06-11 13:38:17 -0400
    Once again the atrocities committed by Saudi Arabia are front and center. When will the US Government hold the Saudis to human rights international standards instead of repeatedly giving them a PASS? The US behavior is a stain on all of us.
  • Smadar Carmon
    signed 2019-06-11 13:38:05 -0400
  • Natylie Baldwin
    signed 2019-06-11 13:37:55 -0400
  • carlos ugalde
    signed 2019-06-11 13:37:37 -0400
    To Pompeo: If this young man is put to death, it will be one more death of so many on your hands. With what moral right and credibility do you have to travel the world saying other countries must change their behavior. Have you no shame, how do you sleep? The most asinine behavior that must be changed is yours, your lying president, who should simply resign and cohorts in the likes of Rubio, Abrams, convicted and found guilty and of course Bolton, who seems to be the ring leader of the present war machine. After 50 years of the decency and elegance, oratory, idealism with some contradictions, there was at least some real hope in the JFK white house. You and your lot will eventually be buried in the most filthy of all pages of history.

    Professor Carlos Ugalde
  • Anonymous
    signed 2019-06-11 13:37:34 -0400
  • Jill hamze
    signed 2019-06-11 13:37:33 -0400
  • Karen Barton
    signed 2019-06-11 13:37:25 -0400
  • Farrell Brody
    signed 2019-06-11 13:37:10 -0400
  • Yvonne kravitz
    signed 2019-06-11 13:37:03 -0400
  • Eilene Janke
    signed 2019-06-11 13:37:00 -0400
  • Johanna Cummings
    signed 2019-06-11 13:36:52 -0400

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