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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Elaine Donovan
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Aleks Kosowicz
Ellen Bilofsky
Chris Kermiet Kermiet
Patricia Vogel
Bob Hamburg
Barbara Blackwood
Russ Ziegler
Dave Anderson
Fran Fortino
fran merker
Sandra Martin Martin
Stan Squires
Ebony Yarger
Christopher Herlihy
Matt Melull
Vivienne Simon
Cynthia Heil
Bonnie Bollman
hartson Doak
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Edward Neely
Phoebe J. Knopf
Florence Morris Morris
Karen Doerr
Margaret Weimer
Kimberly Seger
Brinkley Messick
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  • Elaine Donovan
    signed 2019-06-11 13:21:45 -0400
  • Nathan Vogel
    signed 2019-06-11 13:21:45 -0400
  • Aleks Kosowicz
    signed 2019-06-11 13:21:34 -0400
  • Ellen Bilofsky
    signed 2019-06-11 13:21:34 -0400
  • Chris Kermiet Kermiet
    signed 2019-06-11 13:21:30 -0400
  • Patricia Vogel
    signed 2019-06-11 13:21:29 -0400
  • Bob Hamburg
    signed 2019-06-11 13:21:27 -0400
  • Barbara Blackwood
    signed 2019-06-11 13:21:13 -0400
  • Russ Ziegler
    signed 2019-06-11 13:21:13 -0400
  • Dave Anderson
    signed 2019-06-11 13:21:04 -0400
    this is absolutely disgusting. cut off all aid to this medieval fascist regime
  • Fran Fortino
    signed 2019-06-11 13:20:55 -0400
  • fran merker
    signed 2019-06-11 13:20:54 -0400
  • Sandra Martin Martin
    signed 2019-06-11 13:20:46 -0400
  • Stan Squires
    signed 2019-06-11 13:20:40 -0400
    I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to say that Murtaja Qureiris should be released Immediately. He was a child when arrested.It is a crime against Humanity for him to be in prison.
  • Ebony Yarger
    signed 2019-06-11 13:20:38 -0400
  • Christopher Herlihy
    signed 2019-06-11 13:20:37 -0400
    Please do not execute minors for anything.
  • Matt Melull
    signed 2019-06-11 13:20:35 -0400
  • Cynthia Heil
    @cheil17 tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-11 13:20:22 -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=646343
  • Vivienne Simon
    signed 2019-06-11 13:20:12 -0400
  • Cynthia Heil
    signed 2019-06-11 13:20:04 -0400
  • Bonnie Bollman
    signed 2019-06-11 13:19:59 -0400
  • hartson Doak
    signed 2019-06-11 13:19:58 -0400
    Hartson Doak
  • Eric Schwartz
    signed 2019-06-11 13:19:53 -0400
  • Edward Neely
    signed 2019-06-11 13:19:40 -0400
  • Phoebe J. Knopf
    signed 2019-06-11 13:19:32 -0400
  • Florence Morris Morris
    signed 2019-06-11 13:19:28 -0400
  • Karen Doerr
    signed 2019-06-11 13:19:23 -0400
  • Margaret Weimer
    signed 2019-06-11 13:19:17 -0400
    Stop these actions.
  • Kimberly Seger
    signed 2019-06-11 13:19:12 -0400
  • Brinkley Messick
    signed 2019-06-11 13:19:06 -0400

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