The Swedish Trade Union letter to Iran's Ambassador Ahmad Masoumi Far

International issues The presidents of the Swedish trade union movement, Susanna Gideonsson, Therese Svanström and Göran Arrius, are sending a message to Iran's Ambassador Ahmad Masoumi Far.

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The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO), the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees (TCO), and the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (Saco), which together represent more than 3 million workers in Sweden, are writing to you to express our grave concern regarding the violence and continued brutality of the Iranian authorities against its own people.

We stand together with all who are mourning Mahsa Amini, and we expect the perpetrators to be held accountable. We pay homage to the incredibly brave people who are standing up to the vicious repression being perpetrated by the Iranian authorities. The resistance is being led by women and girls who, at great risk to themselves, want to bring an end to the misogyny and subjugation of basic rights in Iran, and we give them our fullest support.

We also strongly condemn the recent arrests of Iranian Trade Unionists – they are a desperate attempt by the regime to silence critics and recast public outrage as being externally manufactured. The workers of Iran and we, their brothers and sisters around the world, know the truth. We demand the unconditional and immediate release of all imprisoned trade unionists and all others unjustly detained in Iran.

Yours sincerely,

Susanna Gideonsson, President LO

Therese Svanström, President TCO

Göran Arrius, President Saco