The news service Inner City Press today published the accreditation document of Suelma Beirouk of Western Sahara.
The confirmation comes just a day after the same news service had caught on tape Morocco's ambassador to the UN, Omar Hilale, stating that she was not accredited.
Suelma Beirouk was on 7 November expelled from Morocco as she was to attend COP22. Beirouk is from Western Sahara, a country under occupation by Morocco. Beirouk is the vice-president of the Pan-African Parliament, and was to take part as observer in the Pan-African Parliament delegation.
“They prevented me to enter the COP, they did not allow me. I was registered, and they did not let me in because I am Saharawi", she told Climate Change News.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
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