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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Katherine McDowell
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  • Katherine McDowell
    signed 2019-06-14 15:38:38 -0400
    Only tyrants and terrorists would execute anyone, especially a child, for a peaceful protest. It’s the same as the leaders of Saudi Arabia proclaiming that they are terrified of people thinking for themselves and are too weak to maintain society through any other method than fear. Only terrorist control people through fear, and only despots and tyrants have reasons to fear free thought. If Saudi Arabia does this, then the U.S. should consider their leaders tyrants and enemies of freedom. They should be treated like a terrorist regime because that is what they will have become.
  • Jerry Pendergast
    signed 2019-06-14 15:22:33 -0400
  • Debbie Kennedy
    signed 2019-06-14 15:06:17 -0400
    Do NOT commit this barbaric murder!!!

    Saudi Arabia already has a reputation all around the world for being barbarians.

    Do not add to that reputation!!!

    Do the Right thing & release this innocent young man!!
  • Thomas Compton
    signed 2019-06-14 15:00:19 -0400
  • Stephen Sharples
    signed 2019-06-14 14:54:43 -0400
  • Beverly Brown
    signed 2019-06-14 14:53:33 -0400
    How can we call ourselves an advocate for human rights when this administration repeatedly turns a blind eye to murder, torture, and the suppression of all rights by the Saudi regime? This administration constantly praises murderous dictators, and by doing so, has made the people oppressed by them less safe.
  • Carol Joan Patterson
    signed 2019-06-14 14:50:46 -0400
  • Sonia AShby
    signed 2019-06-14 14:41:02 -0400
  • Shuk YIng Chan
    signed 2019-06-14 14:40:06 -0400
  • Charles Browning
    signed 2019-06-14 14:31:07 -0400
    Let’s stand for preventing violence, not perpetrating it!
  • Melanie Sinclair
    signed 2019-06-14 14:25:42 -0400
    The world is watching.
  • Melody Vargas Vargas
    signed 2019-06-14 14:24:56 -0400
  • Olympia Foster
    signed 2019-06-14 14:21:41 -0400
  • Erin Mikkelson
    signed 2019-06-14 14:21:27 -0400
  • joanne banks
    signed 2019-06-14 14:21:19 -0400
    joanne banks
  • Ali Qureshi
    signed 2019-06-14 14:14:51 -0400
  • Amy Bates
    signed 2019-06-14 14:11:11 -0400
  • Carol Cech
    signed 2019-06-14 14:04:54 -0400
  • Marian Scena
    signed 2019-06-14 13:40:33 -0400
    Marian Scena
  • Jane Chamberlain
    signed 2019-06-14 13:01:38 -0400
    Is Saudi Arabia a shit-hole country? A place without respect for human life?
  • Darvel Lloyd
    signed 2019-06-14 12:38:19 -0400
    The U.S. must officially condemn the barbaric, inhumane actions and policies of the Saudi Arabian government, including the horrific planned execution of Murtaja Qureiris!
  • Dexter Lanctot
    signed 2019-06-14 12:15:16 -0400
  • cecelia krug
    signed 2019-06-14 11:53:25 -0400
  • Ali Hasnain
    signed 2019-06-14 11:50:31 -0400
  • Nut Tmu-Ankh Butterfly SaNut
    signed 2019-06-14 11:25:00 -0400
  • Christopher Sewall
    signed 2019-06-14 10:59:28 -0400
  • Richard DeVoe
    signed 2019-06-14 10:36:47 -0400
  • dick whittington
    signed 2019-06-14 10:11:56 -0400
  • Elizabeth C Williams C Williams
    signed via 2019-06-14 10:06:56 -0400
  • Irene, bot with 8 random digits in her handle 🌹🌻
    @Irene34799239 tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-14 10:03:17 -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=778780

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