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Extraordinary Gazette for Sri Lankan military to ‘maintain public order’ extended

Sri Lanka’s war crimes accused president Gotabaya Rajapaksa has re-issued an Extraordinary Gazette which calls on the Sri Lankan military to “maintain public order” across the island.

Rajapaksa issued the gazette notification on Monday by virtue of the powers vested in him under Section 12 of Sri Lanka’s Public Security ordinance.

The gazette has been extended every month after initially being issued by former Sri Lankan president Maithrtipala Sirisena ever since Emergency Regulations were lifted on the island.

Currently tens of thousands of Sri Lankan soldiers are stationed across the Tamil North-East, where they continue to occupy vast swathes of land. The military has been accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.