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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Nancy Kurtz
Anita Preer
R tippens
William Whitaker
The Rev Charles H Hensel
Nancy Rose
Tuula Raitio
Anna Farkas
Robert Machover
Chris Teague
Mary Ames
Steve Foss
Matthew Franck
Craig Strong
David Burns
Antoinette McDonald
Kathy Watson
cedric cambon
Jerilyn Downing
Scott Gibson
Jean Leahy
Rebecca Harmon
Rose Collins
Leslie Angeline
Gordon MacAlpine
Robert Obeid
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  • Nancy Kurtz
    signed 2019-06-11 13:07:39 -0400
  • Anita Preer
    signed 2019-06-11 13:07:27 -0400
  • R tippens
    signed 2019-06-11 13:07:25 -0400
    This is too cruel to imagine!
  • William Whitaker
    signed 2019-06-11 13:07:25 -0400
    It’s time for the US to take a stand for human rights, not for corporatist oil interests.
  • The Rev Charles H Hensel
    signed 2019-06-11 13:07:22 -0400
    The Rev Charles H Hensel
  • Nancy Rose
    signed 2019-06-11 13:07:16 -0400
    Mr Pompeo what is that deep fear within you all about??? It won’t go away by overpowering others I guarantee. You too will meet it one day…it is called karma. I feel sorry for that vengeful heart of yours😒😒
  • Tuula Raitio
    signed 2019-06-11 13:07:11 -0400
  • Anna Farkas
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  • Robert Machover
    signed 2019-06-11 13:07:06 -0400
  • Chris Teague
    signed 2019-06-11 13:07:06 -0400
  • Mary Ames
    signed 2019-06-11 13:06:58 -0400
  • Steve Foss
    signed 2019-06-11 13:06:57 -0400
    This is revolting. That Trump cuddles up to this regime is nothing short of disgusting. Saudi Arabia needs to step out of the dark ages if they want to do business with civilized countries around the world.
  • David Burns
    @dcb1995 tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-11 13:06:56 -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=687492
  • Kathy Schoggen Watson
    @kathyawatson3 tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-11 13:06:45 -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=517283
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  • Scott Gibson
    signed 2019-06-11 13:06:23 -0400
  • Jean Leahy
    signed 2019-06-11 13:06:20 -0400
    I am Canadian and ashamed of our government for selling arms to Saudi Arabia.
  • Rebecca Harmon
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  • Rose Collins
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  • Gordon MacAlpine
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  • Toula Siacotos
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  • Steve Schueth
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