Publication called Hambastegi and whether it publishes articles on women's issues (1998) [IRN30393.E]

Hambastegi is the name of a Persian-speaking Radio Station in Stockholm, Sweden, that started broadcasting in 1989 (Website, 16 Nov. 1998). Radio Hambastegi represents left and feminist views (ibid.).

According to the official Website of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees and Immigrants Councils (IFIRIC), based in Toronto,

The International Federation of Iranian Refugees and Immigrants Councils (IFIRIC) is a world-wide organization dedicated to organizing and promoting progressive ideals and aspirations among Iranian refugees. IFIRIC has numerous branches around the world, including in Turkey. Its monthly publication, Hambastegi, has a circulation of 20,000. The Committee for Humanitarian Assistance to Iranian Refugees (CHAIR) is committed to empowering Iranian refugees to promote and protect their rights within a participatory framework, locally and globally. CHAIR has been a member of IFIRIC since 1994 (16 Nov. 1998).

The following information was provided during a 16 November 1998 telephone interview with the Director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Director stated that the publication "Hambastegi" (or Union) is a left-wing magazine published in Europe for the benefit of Iranian refugees. The Director added that he was not aware whether the publication is also published in Iran.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Director, Foundation for Iranian Studies, Bethesda, Maryland. 16 November 1998. Telephone interview.

The International Federation of Iranian Refugees and Immigrants Councils (IFIRIC). Website. [Internet] wysiwyg://48/ [Accessed 16 Nov. 1998]

Radio Hambastegi, Stockholm, Sweden. [Internet] [Accessed 16 Nov. 1998]