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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Stanford Collins
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Anissa Nain
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Mark Gotvald
Sarah Burgess
patricia Locke
Sebastiaan Poos
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  • Stanford Collins
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:05 -0400
  • Susan Forste
    signed 2019-06-11 13:31:02 -0400
  • Monica Larenas
    signed 2019-06-11 13:30:45 -0400
  • John Polite
    signed 2019-06-11 13:30:43 -0400
  • Martin Schnur
    signed 2019-06-11 13:30:37 -0400
  • Karen Stickney
    signed 2019-06-11 13:30:30 -0400
  • frances M. lynch lynch
    signed 2019-06-11 13:30:27 -0400
    No govt should be afraid of its children, please call for the release of this by
  • Rand Martin Martin
    signed 2019-06-11 13:30:26 -0400
    What the hell is wrong with you people. Don’t you know Allah is watching.
  • Skip Cross
    signed 2019-06-11 13:30:25 -0400
  • Todd Boerger
    signed 2019-06-11 13:30:22 -0400
  • Peter Micocci
    signed 2019-06-11 13:30:21 -0400
  • Anissa Nain
    signed 2019-06-11 13:30:03 -0400
  • Gilia Humrich
    signed 2019-06-11 13:30:02 -0400
    Gilia Humrich
  • Margaret Min
    signed 2019-06-11 13:29:51 -0400
  • Lynn Krikorian
    signed 2019-06-11 13:29:48 -0400
  • Juliana Barnet
    signed 2019-06-11 13:29:38 -0400
    Not sure which is more outrageous—the Saudi government’s crimes or the US government’s support for them. Both are utterly unacceptable!
  • Mark Gotvald
    signed 2019-06-11 13:29:38 -0400
    This is heartless.
  • Sarah Burgess
    signed 2019-06-11 13:29:36 -0400
  • patricia Locke
    signed 2019-06-11 13:29:28 -0400
  • Sebastiaan Poos
    signed 2019-06-11 13:29:26 -0400
  • Elsy Shallman
    signed 2019-06-11 13:29:24 -0400
  • Fred Granlund
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  • Richard Mansfield
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  • Patrick Smith
    signed 2019-06-11 13:29:13 -0400
  • Dwain Jones
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  • El. Pe.
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  • Claude Crider
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  • Barbara Deller
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  • Amira Maarouf
    signed 2019-06-11 13:28:45 -0400

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