Funds are being sought to establish the world's first Chinese database on human rights treaties on the Internet. Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor director Law Yuk-kai said the group had applied for a grant of $820,000 from the Board of Management of the Chinese Permanent Cemeteries. Mr Law said the group had been invited by the Home Affairs Bureau to apply to the board. The project seeks to make local and international human rights documents and material publicly available on the Internet in Chinese and in a searchable database. Mr Law hoped work on the database could be launched in time to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10. He said the only Chinese-language human rights material to be found on UN sites was the declaration, but only in graphic form, not text. Mr Law intends to include in the database 140 international human rights treaties and Hong Kong statutes that seek to implement such rights. A decision on the application is expected in early December.