By remaining in Lanzarote airport for 32 days in protest at the Moroccan government's refusal to recognise her home address, she got an issue which the world mostly ignores pushed nearer to the front of the UN's agenda.
Just how little importance governments like Britain give Western Sahara can be seen here.
Now Human Rights Watch is calling for Morcco to end its effective ban on foreign travel for activists like Haider.
Since August last year the authorities have launched a crackdown, turning back Saharawis (the native population of Western Sahara) at air or land borders.
Human Rights Watch believes the measures are part of wider repressive measures to break the back of the independence movement.
Morocco does not recognise Saharawis rights to sovereignty of the long strip of desert territory which also borders Algeria and Mauritania.
Most Western Sahara citizens live in refugee camps near the southern Algerian military city Tindouf.
They are separated from the mineral-rich coast by the longest continuous stretch of landmines in the world.
Meanwhile both Morocco and Algeria are under pressure to break the diplomatic deadlock over Western Sahara.
Morocco is said to be offering limited autonomy for what it regards as a region, while the Polisario freedom movement wants a full referendum.
World leaders fear the region could become a hotbed for al-Qaeda extremists if the issue is not settled.
Africa's last colony
Since 1975, three quarters of the Western Sahara territory has been illegally occupied by Morocco. The original population lives divided between those suffering human rights abuses under the Moroccan occupation and those living in exile in Algerian refugee camps. For more than 40 years, the Saharawi await the fulfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.