Activists carry banners during a protest against sexual harassment in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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MP Ghassan Moukheiber, of the Change and Reform bloc, submitted an urgent draft law to criminalize sexual harassment and racist abuse to Parliament.Mokhaiber said that the bill would complement the recent law against domestic violence endorsed by Parliament, and he was upbeat that lawmakers would support his proposal.The draft law to protect women from domestic violence was first submitted to the Parliament in 2010, and a parliamentary subcommittee began studying it in May 2011 and finalized its amendments in August 2012 .Sexual harassment is not currently criminalized under the Lebanese law.
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