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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Gwyneth Olson
Bruce Scharf
Laura Atwood
David Casker
Pamylle Greinke
Michael Madden
Gil Medovoy
Quaid J Saifee
Itamar Shachar
Sarah Babb
Kathleen Miller
Carl Van Dyke
Robyn Dasey
Rachel deAragon
Elise Lawson
Rhonda D. Wright MD
Beth Drewelow
John Doucette
Pat Ching
Kim Chenoweth
Karen Stacey
Laureen McLaughlin
Laura Hanks
Steve Schatz
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Janet maker
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Melissa Hastings
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  • Gwyneth Olson
    signed 2019-06-11 13:33:38 -0400
  • Bruce Scharf
    signed 2019-06-11 13:33:26 -0400
    Bruce Scharf
  • Laura Atwood
    signed 2019-06-11 13:33:26 -0400
  • David Casker
    signed 2019-06-11 13:33:22 -0400
  • Quaid J Saifee
    @qsaifee tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-11 13:33:10 -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=838413
  • Pamylle Greinke
    signed 2019-06-11 13:33:04 -0400
  • Michael Madden
    signed 2019-06-11 13:33:03 -0400
  • Gil Medovoy
    signed 2019-06-11 13:33:03 -0400
  • Quaid J Saifee
    signed 2019-06-11 13:33:03 -0400
  • Itamar Shachar
    signed 2019-06-11 13:32:52 -0400
  • Sarah Babb
    signed 2019-06-11 13:32:44 -0400
    Sarah Babb
  • Kathleen Miller
    signed 2019-06-11 13:32:43 -0400
  • Carl Van Dyke
    signed 2019-06-11 13:32:40 -0400
  • Robyn Dasey
    signed 2019-06-11 13:32:35 -0400
    Executing an 18 year old for what he shouted as 10 year old boy is totally inhumane.

    As it is if he or anyone were else were imprisoned, let alone executed for opposition to a dictatorial regime.
  • Rachel deAragon
    signed 2019-06-11 13:32:21 -0400
  • Elise Lawson
    signed 2019-06-11 13:32:17 -0400
  • Rhonda D. Wright MD
    signed 2019-06-11 13:32:12 -0400
  • Beth Drewelow
    signed 2019-06-11 13:32:04 -0400
  • John Doucette
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:58 -0400
  • Pat Ching
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:56 -0400
  • Kim Chenoweth
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:47 -0400
  • Karen Stacey
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:33 -0400
  • Laureen McLaughlin
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:28 -0400
    No more killings – especially no more killings of those who only demand their basic human rights.
  • Laura Hanks
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:27 -0400
    Laura Hanks
  • Steve Schatz
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:27 -0400
  • khairieh amr
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:21 -0400
  • Janet maker
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:18 -0400
  • Arifa Goodman
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:15 -0400
  • Melissa Hastings
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:07 -0400
  • Carlos Velazco
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:06 -0400

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