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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  • Bridget Jensen
    signed 2019-06-21 23:44:16 -0400
  • Roberta Ridgley
    signed 2019-06-21 17:31:48 -0400
  • Paul Grohman
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  • Megan Robinson
    @faegyrl tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-21 14:53:39 -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=731412
  • Megan Robinson
    signed 2019-06-21 14:53:23 -0400
  • P Mola
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  • Robert Fischer
    signed 2019-06-21 09:42:00 -0400
  • Anabela Santos
    @Anabela53154751 tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-21 04:40:26 -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=844691
  • Celia Alldridge
    signed 2019-06-21 04:40:11 -0400
  • Nick Macdonald
    signed 2019-06-20 22:38:38 -0400
  • janet uffer
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  • Kris Zipin
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  • sofia okolowicz okolowicz
    signed via 2019-06-20 20:52:23 -0400
  • Diane Haugesag
    signed 2019-06-20 20:18:10 -0400
    What kind of “democracy” is this regime? Demand Murtaja’s release NOW!
  • Joan Lobell
    signed 2019-06-20 19:26:51 -0400
  • Denise Lytle
    signed 2019-06-20 17:39:37 -0400
  • Barbara Anspach
    signed 2019-06-20 13:16:24 -0400
  • Alice Coffey
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  • Daniel Gallo
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    signed 2019-06-19 12:05:56 -0400
  • Jean Pierre Defesche
    signed 2019-06-19 11:23:44 -0400
  • Jessica Westra
    signed 2019-06-19 09:50:32 -0400
  • Justin and Anne Morahan
    signed 2019-06-19 09:49:47 -0400
    This is outrageous even in a country where we might think we could no longer be surprised by the extent and depth of its cruelty and injustice. We call on the US to stop all truck with Saudi Arabia including support for its war in Yemen and we implore the good people of the United States of America to show where they stand by supporting this Code Pink petition
  • Peter Friedman
    signed 2019-06-19 00:52:14 -0400
  • John Alessi
    signed 2019-06-19 00:45:01 -0400

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