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.


Who's signing

Jack Laun
Mary Wilber
Marion Seymour
Barbara Butler
Gary Thaler
David Morrow
Sidney Mitchell
Shannon Bearman
Eduardo Schroder
Carolyn Brown
Sandra Joos
Mark Soenksen
Marina Skumanich
Brenda James
Betty Kissilove
Michael Lindley
Britta Olinder
Susan Detato
Diane Mason
Kathe Garbrick
Susanna Ward Saltini
Margaret Knapke
Sharon Fortunak
Randi Wickliff
Margaret Schulenberg
Sondra Loucks Wilson
Emily Dayton
Joseph Blum
3,901 signatures

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  • Jack Laun
    signed 2019-06-11 13:12:47 -0400
  • Mary Wilber
    signed 2019-06-11 13:12:43 -0400
    Please stop. Stop the barbarity. Stop the insane murders of citizens. Stop the insane death-cult of our military aggressions for profiteering. Stop the insane lust for absolute control over all others. Stop the insane death march over the cliff.

    This is a child. You have already abused him enough through unjustifiable incarceration, only to be able to chop off his head in the village square. Not sure you can get any sicker than this. Please get well.
  • Marion Seymour
    signed 2019-06-11 13:12:30 -0400
  • Barbara Butler
    signed 2019-06-11 13:12:25 -0400
  • David Morrow
    @MorrowWarrior tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-11 13:12:25 -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=741260
  • Gary Thaler
    signed 2019-06-11 13:12:18 -0400
  • David Morrow
    signed 2019-06-11 13:12:16 -0400
  • Sidney Mitchell
    signed 2019-06-11 13:12:11 -0400
  • Shannon Bearman
    signed 2019-06-11 13:12:08 -0400
  • Eduardo Schroder
    signed 2019-06-11 13:12:02 -0400
  • Carolyn Brown
    signed 2019-06-11 13:12:01 -0400
    It is immoral to treat a child who was 10 years old the same as if he had been an adult. Children only follow the adults behavior, even when it is wrong. What is wrong with you?
  • Sandra Joos
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:58 -0400
  • Mark Soenksen
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:57 -0400
  • Marina Skumanich
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:54 -0400
  • Brenda James
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:40 -0400
  • Betty Kissilove
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:35 -0400
  • Michael Lindley
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:34 -0400
  • Kathe Garbrick
    @femmekatz tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-11 13:11:23 -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=4306
  • Britta Olinder
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:21 -0400
  • Susan Detato
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:19 -0400
    But this administration would rather pardon war criminals, right?
  • Diane Mason
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:18 -0400
  • Kathe Garbrick
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:10 -0400
  • Susanna Ward Saltini
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:05 -0400
  • Margaret Knapke
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:05 -0400
    That the United States continues to cozy up to such an OBVIOUSLY brutal and repressive regime is a moral and political outrage. Find your humanity. Find your moral center.
  • Sharon Fortunak
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:01 -0400
  • Randi Wickliff
    signed 2019-06-11 13:11:00 -0400
  • Margaret Schulenberg
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:59 -0400
  • Sondra Loucks Wilson
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:58 -0400
  • Emily Dayton
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:56 -0400
    Save Murtaja, he is an innocent child who deserves to live his life free from torture and execution. He was involved in a peaceful protest to try to protect the rights of his people, he is a hero!

    I’m so saddened and disgusted by the US and Saudi Arabia’s torture of innocent people!
  • Joseph Blum
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:54 -0400

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