File - MP Ghassan Moukheiber speaks during a ceremony held in Roumieh, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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MP Ghassan Moukheiber submitted an urgent draft law to Parliament Tuesday that would criminalize sexual harassment and racist abuse, saying the legislation was needed after allegations emerged against Beirut's former acting governor last month.By marking the law as top priority, Moukhaiber is able to speed up the normally lengthy process of getting legislation onto Parliament's General Assembly agenda.He said the bill would complement a law criminalizing domestic violence recently passed by Parliament, and was upbeat that lawmakers would support his proposal.Last month, Parliament approved a law – first submitted in 2010 -- aimed at protecting women from domestic violence.
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