Public lawA test case human rights challenge on Friday brought by veteran peace campaigner Maria Gallastgui, who has been conducting an authorized 24 hour vigil on the East Pavement of Parliament Square in London since 2006, on the rules which barred demonstrators to sleep near the Houses of Parliament has been rejected by a two judge High Court bench in a landmark ruling.
Judge Sir John Thomas says the rules preventing campaigners from sleeping near the parliament houses were 'plainly' lawful and do not contravene the Human Rights Act.
Sir John Thomas, who is president of the Queen's Bench Division, sitting with Mr. Justice Silber, said the rules were "plainly" lawful and did not contravene the Human Rights Act.
Gallastegui, 53, a former coach driver from Hammersmith, west London, said she was hopeful of overturning the ruling on appeal.
She sounded confident about winning it on appeal and said that she was not surprised with the ruling.
She added that she was not just fighting the case for herself anymore and that there was a break in the protest. She said it would be helpful in the future when there was another issue which came along and there was a critical mass of people who wanted to protest.
Gallastegui said she had been involved with the Parliament Square protest for 10 years and had lived on the site for six years.
Judges said Gallastegui could not be moved until after a further high court hearing next Thursday.
At that hearing, lawyers for Gallastegui said they would probably seek permission to appeal.