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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Graham Watson
Christopher J Haines
Dorothy Schumacher-Jennings
Eric Myra
Renata La Rovere
Frances Dunham
Donald Mackler
helen Corkin
Janine Vinton
Ann Kelly Kelly
Dave Peterson
Dacil Darwish Miranda
Anne Kazlauskas
Bob Schuessler
J. Alessi
Karen Osmundson
Lauren Tozzi
Tiana Brachel
Daniel Bieker
Alessandra Capone
Lee-Ann Johnson
Matt Peters
Cesar Munoz
Helene Whitson
Barbara Khajavi
Michael Tamarack
Dennis and Susan Kepner
Rev. Sandra Mackie
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  • Graham Watson
    signed 2019-07-02 07:31:55 -0400
  • Christopher Haines🌹🏳️‍🌈
    @CHaines2015 tweeted link to this page. 2019-07-02 00:01:24 -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=832677
  • Christopher J Haines
    signed 2019-07-02 00:01:10 -0400
    The United States refuses to sever its business ties with Saudi Arabia because it too is proud of its long history of human rights violations.
  • Dorothy Schumacher-Jennings
    signed 2019-07-01 18:48:41 -0400
  • Eric Myra
    signed 2019-06-30 22:36:20 -0400
  • Renata La Rovere
    signed 2019-06-30 20:13:07 -0400
  • Frances Dunham
    signed 2019-06-29 22:51:00 -0400
  • Donald Mackler
    signed 2019-06-29 17:05:29 -0400
  • helen Corkin
    signed 2019-06-29 16:52:01 -0400
    Helen Corkin
  • Janine Vinton
    signed 2019-06-29 03:42:26 -0400
  • Ann Kelly Kelly
    signed 2019-06-28 18:14:05 -0400
  • Dave Peterson
    signed 2019-06-28 11:04:13 -0400
  • Dacil Darwish Miranda
    signed 2019-06-28 01:25:41 -0400
  • Anne Kazlauskas
    signed 2019-06-26 18:13:20 -0400
  • Bob Schuessler
    signed 2019-06-26 17:23:43 -0400
  • J. Alessi
    signed 2019-06-26 02:18:30 -0400
  • Karen Osmundson
    signed via 2019-06-26 01:11:54 -0400
    How could you dare execute a teenager for exercising his rights to express himself. That is horrible and disgusting!
  • Lauren M. Tozzi
    @brownandred tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-25 17:02:36 -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=500206
  • Lauren Tozzi
    signed 2019-06-25 17:02:11 -0400
    Lauren Tozzi
  • Tiana Brachel
    signed 2019-06-25 16:55:46 -0400
  • Daniel Bieker
    signed 2019-06-25 15:16:06 -0400
  • Alessandra Capone
    signed 2019-06-25 02:30:18 -0400
  • Lee-Ann Johnson
    signed 2019-06-24 18:29:11 -0400
  • Matt Peters
    signed 2019-06-24 12:32:30 -0400
  • Cesar Munoz
    signed 2019-06-24 09:49:21 -0400
  • Helene Whitson
    signed 2019-06-24 05:52:45 -0400
  • Barbara Khajavi
    signed 2019-06-24 00:06:00 -0400
    Barbara Khajavi-these people are animals
  • Michael Tamarack
    signed 2019-06-23 17:46:17 -0400
  • Dennis and Susan Kepner
    signed 2019-06-23 15:53:32 -0400
    This is such a very cruel way to stifle free speech! Torture is NEVER right!!!
  • Rev. Sandra Mackie
    signed 2019-06-23 15:48:36 -0400
    This is not normal. All countries must uphold human rights or be held accountable.

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