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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Susanna Ward Saltini
Margaret Knapke
Sharon Fortunak
Randi Wickliff
Margaret Schulenberg
Sondra Loucks Wilson
Emily Dayton
joseph blum
Kurt Miron
iris edinger
Walter Kos
Kevin Hely
Jason Steadmon
Stephen Alamango
Stephen Alamango
jarret wolfman
Michael Bordenave
Katherine Skura
Anthony G Bloch
Nina Singh
Noris Nunez
Kathleen Hollingsworth
Sally Bland
Daniel Edson
Joan Harris
Annie Whittey
Randy Fyock
Leora Harris
Joseph Daraio
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  • 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
  • Kurt Miron
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:53 -0400
  • iris edinger
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:51 -0400
  • Walter Kos
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:43 -0400
  • Kevin Hely
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:40 -0400
  • Jason Steadmon
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:38 -0400
  • Stephen Alamango
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:28 -0400
  • Stephen Alamango
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:28 -0400
  • jarret wolfman
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:26 -0400
  • Michael Bordenave
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:25 -0400
  • Katherine Skura
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:23 -0400
  • Marie Crow
    @MarieYCrow tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-11 13:10:23 -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=802808
  • Anthony G Bloch
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:23 -0400
  • Nina Singh
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:20 -0400
  • Noris Nunez
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:18 -0400
    No one should be executed or thrown in jail for speaking their mind.
  • Kathleen Hollingsworth
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:15 -0400
  • Sally Bland
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:14 -0400
  • Daniel Edson
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:12 -0400
  • Joan Harris
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:11 -0400
  • Annie Whittey
    signed 2019-06-11 13:10:05 -0400
  • Randy Fyock
    signed 2019-06-11 13:09:59 -0400
  • Leora Harris
    signed 2019-06-11 13:09:57 -0400
  • Joseph Daraio
    signed 2019-06-11 13:09:57 -0400
    Don’t forget that the hump bones spurs and the Saudis are money buddies.

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