HAQQI Information Zone is an open space for all to access information in the shape of legislation, research, and media, about human rights issues and Jordan. HAQQI means 'my right' in Arabic and is used to symbolize one's right to access information as well as the classification of that information according to universal human rights.
HAQQI Information Zone was created in 2014 by the Information and Research Center – King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF) with the support of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and USAID.
For research to be directly linked with development, the research must build on each other. We, the IRCKHF, felt there was a need for HAQQI Human Rights Information Zone because research is at the root of everything we do, and is based on what information we can access, while its impact depends on how it is disseminated. After all, how can we promote the right to access information without a platform to uphold it? And what better way to classify that information than according to universal human rights?
HAQQI is not meant to be a database for human rights violations, but rather, it is a free zone where research and information about human rights issues can be found. The legislative component enables us to understand the legal framework surrounding human rights issues, the research contextualizes how those laws are implemented and studies their impact, while the media component illustrates that information from various erspectives.
Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law. The legislative component of HAQQI comprises of laws pertaining to human rights and Jordan including national legislation as well as regional and international conventions and agreements signed by Jordan.The legislative component of HAQQI is represented by the color gold to illustrate laws as the solid framework for all human rights.
Our experience has taught us that the foundation of all rights is in legislation. Laws and agreements provide the framework for all human rights issues. For this reason, we decided that it was not enough to include research, but just as we carry out legislative reviews in our research as a preliminary step to assess the significance of the subject, the right to access information also means the right to access the actual laws as opposed to just our analysis of them. You will find that in HAQQI, all national, regional, and international legislation as they pertain to human rights have been included and are very easy to search.
Research creates knowledge. This section contains all that research conducted on human rights issues in Jordan by institutions and individuals, both local and international, in the form of research papers, policy briefs, conference proceedings and training manuals.
The largest component of HAQQI is that of research. The research component includes reports and studies, policy papers, training manuals, and conference proceedings, all of which are relevant to at least one of the 30 human rights. I would like to highlight that while the research does include that of the Information and Research Center of the King Hussein Foundation, but of all those who produce quality research that believe should be accessible by all.
Knowledge sharing and illustrating information, thanks to new media, can take shape in many forms. In HAQQI’s media component, have a look at info-graphs, videos, and video-graphs about various human rights issues in Jordan.