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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Barbara Buck
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N. Schneider
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Luna Abdallah Abdallah
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Rosemary Sayigh
Margaret Graham
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  • Barbara Buck
    signed 2019-06-17 20:37:39 -0400
  • Art Felsinger
    signed 2019-06-17 19:41:54 -0400
  • John Kersey
    signed 2019-06-17 17:39:26 -0400
  • Brian Waak
    signed 2019-06-17 16:46:33 -0400
  • N. Schneider
    signed 2019-06-17 16:17:09 -0400
  • Gregory O'Flaherty
    signed 2019-06-17 15:58:45 -0400
  • Patricia Auer
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  • Luna Abdallah Abdallah
    signed 2019-06-17 13:42:36 -0400
  • Karen Jacques
    signed 2019-06-17 12:55:58 -0400
    How can the U.S. possibly provide military and financial aid to a country that does what Saudi Arabia does? Executing a young man for what he did as a child is horrific. What has the U.S. become to support a government that does this?
  • James Rice
    signed 2019-06-17 12:36:15 -0400
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  • Cynthia Howard
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  • pilar costas
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  • Bert Giskes
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  • margaret murphy
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  • Kay Brainerd
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  • Peter Giono
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  • Hope Brogunier
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  • Laila Bensaad-Johnson
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  • Ed Perry
    @edpgsa tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-16 21:12:56 -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=349387
  • Ed Perry
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  • Susan Yerry
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  • Edwina Gateley
    signed 2019-06-16 19:51:10 -0400
  • Bobbie Upson
    signed 2019-06-16 19:14:54 -0400

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