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We the people ask the federal government to Take or explain a position on an issue or policy:

Demand The Release of Supreme Religious Leader of Sikhism, Jathedar Jagtar Singh Hawara, Head of Sri Akal Takhat

Created by G.P. on November 11, 2015

On Nov 10, Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, was elected as the supreme religious leader of 30 million Sikhs and Jathedar of Akal Takhat.

Jathedar Hawara, is incarcerated for assassinating Beant Singh, the then Chief Minister of Punjab. Beant was responsible for death of over 100,000 Sikhs and his death put an end to Genocide of Sikhs.

Jathedar Hawara, being a pro-Khalistan, faces risk of being eliminated. In 1993, another pro-Khalistan Jathedar, Gurdev Singh Kaunke was murdered by the Indian government.

Jathedar Hawara is undergoing "imprisonment till death" a sentence which flouts the fundamental principles of justice and continuous detention of supreme religious leader will create will create discontentment in Sikhs.

We urge the President to seek release of Jathedar Hawara from India.

Foreign Policy

Response to Petition

A response to your petition on the release of Jathedar Hawara

Thank you for taking the time to sign a We the People petition on Sikh leader Jathedar Hawara.

The President has made clear that our nation's deep respect for religious liberty and pluralism must not stop at our shores. In an address to the people of India last year, the President stressed the importance of these fundamental principles to both our democracies:

"In both our countries, in India and in America, our diversity is our strength. And we have to guard against any efforts to divide ourselves along sectarian lines or any other lines. And if we do that well, if America shows itself as an example of its diversity and yet the capacity to live together and work together in common effort, in common purpose; if India, as massive as it is, with so much diversity, so many differences is able to continually affirm its democracy, that is an example for every other country on Earth."

The United States remains committed to coordinating with governments around the world to promote religious freedom for all citizens. We encourage you to continue to use the We the People platform to petition the Administration to take action on the policy issues you care about, but we cannot comment here on the specific foreign criminal justice matter raised in your petition.

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-- The We the People Team

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