A SCHEME to provide information on human rights might be forced to charge high subscription fees if a bid to secure government funding fails. Launched by the University of Hong Kong's law faculty, the scheme provides an information pool on local and international human rights laws, court cases and newspaper reports. A collection of the laws in China, both national and regional, will be included if sufficient funds are granted by the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee. Spokesman Jo Jo Tam Yee-wa said it was important to establish the system before the 1997 change of sovereignty to raise public awareness of human rights. ''This is a rather sensitive issue and would give rise to suspicion if it were run by the Government,'' she said. A pilot scheme was started two years ago by senior law lecturer Johannes Chan Man-mun and received an enthusiastic response from business and academic users. Ms Tam said the expansion of the scheme in terms of its coverage and accessibility would mean more people could study the development of the human rights situation worldwide. At present, the scheme can only be used by four people at one time. Ms Tam said they would like to expand the number of users to more than 20 at a time. ''If we do not get the approval for funding, we might have to close the system, or we would be forced to charge very expensive subscription fees,'' she said. Ms Tam refused to disclose the amount of funding requested, but said previous efforts to seek private sector sponsorship had been received with reservation due to the sensitivity of the subject. ''The Government always expresses its commitment in promoting human rights, I think it is through activities like this that they could get the message through,'' she said.