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

Peter Budka
Christine Engblom
Ron StClair
Irene Abbotts
David Richard
Maureen Harris
Tom Fones
Thomas Rewoldt
Friend Brussel
Lynn Berg
Ricki Disdier
Martin Karcher
Carol Spring
Serge Kostin
Judy Moreland
Nadine Peyrucain
judith mohling
Kathryn Sullivan
Rawhi Beituni
Bruce Johnson
Joseph A Izzo
Carolyn Poinelli
Lisa Stone
Nathan Nielsen
Al-Hajj Reche' Tariq Abdul-Haqq
Therese Hartwell
Eileen Brenner
Edward Juillard
Seema Zey
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  • Peter Budka
    signed 2019-06-11 13:02:21 -0400
  • Christine Engblom
    signed 2019-06-11 13:02:20 -0400
  • Ron StClair
    signed 2019-06-11 13:02:15 -0400
  • Irene Abbotts
    signed 2019-06-11 13:02:07 -0400
  • Eva James
    @DhrEa4KaLEOriya tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-11 13:02:05 -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=396182
  • David Richard
    signed 2019-06-11 13:02:04 -0400
  • Maureen Harris
    signed 2019-06-11 13:02:01 -0400
  • Tom Fones
    signed 2019-06-11 13:02:00 -0400
  • Thomas Rewoldt
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:57 -0400
  • Friend Brussel
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:56 -0400
  • Lynn Berg
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:55 -0400
  • Ricki Disdier
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:52 -0400
    This is absolutely shameful. How does Trump (and his son-in-law) talk his way out of this one?
  • Martin Karcher
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:41 -0400
  • Carol Spring
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:40 -0400
    Saudi Arabia is guilty of the torture and murder of innocent children.
  • Serge Kostin
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:36 -0400
  • Judy Moreland
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:23 -0400
  • Nadine Peyrucain
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:23 -0400
  • judith mohling
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:22 -0400
    Let this young man live. Please, please, please.
  • Kathryn Sullivan
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:21 -0400
  • Rawhi Beituni
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:17 -0400
  • Bruce Johnson
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:16 -0400
  • Joseph A Izzo
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:16 -0400
    Sect’y Pompeo,

    Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s worst oppressors of human rights with a violent Crown Prince slaughtering opponents like women, journalists and young protestors.

    You & theTrump Administration need to grow a spine and forcefully sanction this demogogic State as you’ve done with Iran, Venezuela, North Korea. Or, are you just a pack of hypocrites?!?!?

    Joseph A. Izzo, M.A., L.I.C.S.W.
  • Carolyn Poinelli
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:10 -0400
  • Lisa Stone
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:07 -0400
  • Nathan Nielsen
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:05 -0400
  • Al-Hajj Reche' Tariq Abdul-Haqq
    signed 2019-06-11 13:01:00 -0400
    Cease US foreign policy hypocrisy. Stop supporting ruthlessly oppressive and unjust murderous Saudi regime
  • Therese Hartwell
    signed 2019-06-11 13:00:55 -0400
  • Eileen Brenner
    signed 2019-06-11 13:00:54 -0400
  • Edward Juillard
    signed 2019-06-11 13:00:54 -0400
  • Seema Zey
    signed 2019-06-11 13:00:53 -0400
    Saudi Arabia must not be permitted to execute this innocent teenager. This is utterly unconscionable. Justice for Murtaja!

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