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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Tibor Gacs
elise helfer
Kay Tousley
Mark Oglesby
Sharon Harrington
May Egger
Arleen Kalenich-Pace
Judy Whitehouse
Susan Rhoads
Dan Maitland
Alexandra Dunn
Laila Atallah
Robin Parker
Lillian Nordin
Annie Campbell
Bob Reynolds
Ken Drumbolis Drumbolis
Garth Espe
Arlene Kelly
Ingrid Rochester
Mary Davies
Diana Versenyi
Mirna Miranda
Kay Warren
mary h tindukasiri
Carl Kline
Joan Farber
Mark Heald
Dennis Kreiner
Carlos Valdes
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  • Tibor Gacs
    signed 2019-06-11 13:16:10 -0400
  • elise helfer
    signed 2019-06-11 13:16:02 -0400
  • Kay Tousley
    signed 2019-06-11 13:16:00 -0400
    Barbaric! Saudi Arabia is showing that it is not a normal country.
  • Mark Oglesby
    signed 2019-06-11 13:15:58 -0400
  • Sharon Harrington
    signed 2019-06-11 13:15:42 -0400
  • May Egger
    signed 2019-06-11 13:15:39 -0400
    This is possible execution is HUGE travesty promoted through barbaric action
  • Arleen Kalenich-Pace
    signed 2019-06-11 13:15:36 -0400
  • Judy Whitehouse
    signed 2019-06-11 13:15:30 -0400
  • Susan Rhoads
    signed 2019-06-11 13:15:28 -0400
    Susan Rhoads
  • Dan Maitland
    signed 2019-06-11 13:15:28 -0400
  • Alexandra Dunn
    signed 2019-06-11 13:15:16 -0400
  • Laila Atallah
    signed 2019-06-11 13:15:12 -0400
  • Robin Parker
    signed 2019-06-11 13:15:10 -0400
  • Lillian Nordin
    signed 2019-06-11 13:15:07 -0400
  • Annie Campbell
    signed 2019-06-11 13:15:01 -0400
  • Bob Reynolds
    signed 2019-06-11 13:14:55 -0400
    We should not be supporting a regime that would do this.
  • Ken Drumbolis Drumbolis
    signed 2019-06-11 13:14:53 -0400
  • Garth Espe
    signed 2019-06-11 13:14:52 -0400
    Wow, they lock up a kid for….words. Then want to execute him for…words. We must get off our addiction to oil, it is a cruel black plague.
  • Arlene Kelly
    signed 2019-06-11 13:14:50 -0400
  • Ingrid Rochester
    signed 2019-06-11 13:14:41 -0400
  • Mary Davies
    signed 2019-06-11 13:14:36 -0400
  • Diana Versenyi
    signed 2019-06-11 13:14:35 -0400
  • Mirna Miranda
    signed 2019-06-11 13:14:28 -0400
    Peace activists are not terrorists. All humans understand the need for justice and freedom; especially young children as Murtaja Qureiris. Stop the tyranny and ruthless killing of men, women and children!
  • Kay Warren
    signed 2019-06-11 13:14:12 -0400
    Free Murtaja Qureiris. He is still a juvenile.

    Be humans, not savage.
  • mary h tindukasiri
    signed 2019-06-11 13:14:12 -0400
    mary tindukasiri
  • Carl Kline
    signed 2019-06-11 13:14:05 -0400
  • Joan Farber
    signed 2019-06-11 13:13:51 -0400
  • Mark Heald
    signed 2019-06-11 13:13:50 -0400
  • Dennis Kreiner
    signed 2019-06-11 13:13:45 -0400
  • Carlos Valdes
    signed 2019-06-11 13:13:35 -0400

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