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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Judy Genandt
Katie O'Neill
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Julien Ball
Dianne Emerson
Harry Moore
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Jerry Gerber
Bruce Tucker
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Jane Chischilly
Sean Brandlin
Joshua Seff
Georgia Brewer
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  • 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
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  • Bruce Tucker
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:18 -0400
  • Iris Mackay
    signed via 2019-06-11 13:17:12 -0400
  • Jane Chischilly
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:08 -0400
    The vile corrupt vicious rulers are INSANE, MURDEROUS MONSTERS.
  • Sean Brandlin
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:07 -0400
  • Joshua Seff
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:03 -0400
  • Georgia Brewer
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:02 -0400
  • Joan Clark
    signed 2019-06-11 13:17:02 -0400
  • Leah Gitter
    signed 2019-06-11 13:16:55 -0400
  • Archi Tone
    signed 2019-06-11 13:16:33 -0400
  • Bill Appledorf
    signed 2019-06-11 13:16:32 -0400
  • Dave Berkenbush
    signed 2019-06-11 13:16:32 -0400
  • Maria Gonzalez
    signed 2019-06-11 13:16:29 -0400
  • MaryAnn Fitzwater
    signed 2019-06-11 13:16:28 -0400
    What to do with children who committed serious crimes is a problem. I am an exNebraskan and will never forget Carol Ann Fugate. Human rights groups got her released after decades. If this boy’s crime is as stated it is trivial.
  • Paul Reddy
    signed 2019-06-11 13:16:21 -0400
  • Mirna Miranda
    @MirandaMirna tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-11 13:16:21 -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=356976
  • Susann Eastridge
    signed 2019-06-11 13:16:18 -0400
    We should not be friendly to countries who act like Saudi Arabia. We should condemn them.
  • Joanna Zadra
    signed 2019-06-11 13:16:17 -0400
  • Ian Dicks
    signed 2019-06-11 13:16:11 -0400

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