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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Bert Greenberg
Katherine Davis
Diana L Anderson
Mary Jane DelMastro
Ron Rattner
helen friedman
Rene Wadlow
Wade Worthington
Tom Hall
Susan Keane
Sadu Nanjundiah
Elizabeth Larson
Nancy Burge
Robert Bolman
Rachel Gullett
V Mangum
P Carey
Judy Genandt
Katie O'Neill
Susan Sammis
Julien Ball
Dianne Emerson
Harry Moore
P. Sturm
William Skirbunt-Kozabo
George Evalt
Owen Waite
Jerry Gerber
bruce tucker
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  • Bert Greenberg
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:58 -0400
  • Katherine Davis
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:44 -0400
  • Diana L Anderson
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:41 -0400
    Diana L Anderson: Please Please Please do the right thing and free this boy! Thank you!
  • Mary Jane DelMastro
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:41 -0400
    Release this innocent man. Peaceful protests of children do not deserve capital punishment
  • Ron Rattner
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:41 -0400
  • helen friedman
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:38 -0400
  • Rene Wadlow
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:26 -0400
    The Association of World Citizens is against the death penalty in all cases. This case seems to be on the outer limits of good sense. Rene Wadlow, President, Association of World Citizens
  • Wade Worthington
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:24 -0400
  • Tom Hall
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:18 -0400
  • Susan Keane
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:15 -0400
  • Sadu Nanjundiah
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:13 -0400
  • Elizabeth Larson
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:13 -0400
  • Nancy Burge
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:11 -0400
  • Robert Bolman
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:09 -0400
    Please establish a level playing field where your deep, heart felt concern for human rights is concerned…..
  • Rachel Gullett
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:07 -0400
  • V Mangum
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:04 -0400
    I do NOT believe anyone should be killed for protesting! AND that was 8 years ago!!!! This is just wrong wrong wrong! Do not kill him for a 10 yr old bike ride while protesting!
  • P Carey
    signed 2019-06-11 13:18:01 -0400
  • Judy Genandt
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:52 -0400
  • Katie O'Neill
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:50 -0400
  • Dianne Emerson
    @Dianne_Emerson tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-11 13:17:47 -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=804803
  • Susan Sammis
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:47 -0400
  • Julien Ball
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:44 -0400
  • Dianne Emerson
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:33 -0400
    STOP the execution. Are we in the stone ages?
  • Harry Moore
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:30 -0400
  • P. Sturm
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:27 -0400
  • William Skirbunt-Kozabo
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:26 -0400
  • George Evalt
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:22 -0400
    Why do we embrace the kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Where is our backbone?
  • Owen Waite
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:21 -0400
  • Jerry Gerber
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:20 -0400
    Jerry S Gerber
  • bruce tucker
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:18 -0400

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