Protesters carry banners in Arabic that read "Vote for us so we vote for you" as they call for the adoption of the law protecting women from domestic violence near the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Rights activists claim that several amendments to the long-awaited law addressing domestic violence in Lebanon undermine the victory of Tuesday's passage of the law by Parliament.The draft law to protect women from domestic violence was first submitted to Parliament in 2010, and a parliamentary subcommittee began studying it in May 2011, finalizing its amendments in August 2012 .In 2012, KAFA quickly countered by starting a petition to lobby MPs to endorse its own amendments to the law and has been campaigning ever since. The organization received 71 signatures of support from MPs promising to raise the issue during the government's legislative session Tuesday, its first in over a year, but according to KAFA, not a single person objected to the bill. Asked whether she believed passing the law would bring justice to her sister, Zina said: "If they [the MPs] pass it, and they abide by its essence and content, it might, yes".However, she added that if the law were passed without KAFA's proposed amendments, then it would be in vain.
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