Albert Ho

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The Honourable
Albert Ho Chun-yan
Albert Ho Chun Yan.jpg
Chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China
Assumed office
15 December 2014
Deputy Richard Tsoi
Mak Hoi-wah
Preceded by Lee Cheuk-yan
Member of the Legislative Council
Assumed office
1 October 2012
Preceded by New constituency
Constituency 2nd District Council
In office
1 July 1998 – 30 September 2012
Preceded by New parliament
Succeeded by Kwok Ka-ki
Constituency New Territories West
In office
11 October 1995 – 30 June 1997
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Replaced by Provisional Legislative Council
Constituency New Territories West
Chairman of the Democratic Party
In office
17 December 2006 – 10 September 2012
Vice Chairperson Emily Lau
Chung-kai Sin
Preceded by Lee Wing-tat
Succeeded by Emily Lau
Personal details
Born (1951-12-01) 1 December 1951 (age 63)
Hong Kong
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Tang Suk-yee
Alma mater University of Hong Kong
Occupation Solicitor

Albert Ho Chun-yan (Chinese: 何俊仁; Yale: Hòh Jeun Yàhn; Pinyin: Hé Jùnrén; born 1 December 1951) is currently chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China and was chairman of the Democratic Party from 2006 to 2012. He is a solicitor and a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong.

Ho was born in Hong Kong. He was elected to the Regional Council (disbanded in 1999), and Legislative Council in 1995 and has served since then. In 2004, Ho unsuccessfully challenged Rita Fan in the Legco presidential election. In 2015, Ho lost his District Council seat through which he was elected as LegCo member in 2012.

In 2013, Ho grabbed international headlines after it was revealed that he had assisted Edward Snowden during the latter's stay in Hong Kong.[1]

Attack incident[edit]

On 20 August 2006, Ho was assaulted by three unidentified men using baseball bats and a baton[2] in a McDonald's restaurant in Central, Hong Kong, after he had attended a protest against the government's plan to adopt a Goods and Services Tax. He suffered injuries to his head, arm and face, including a broken nose.[3]

Democratic Party chairman Lee Wing Tat claimed that the attack was related to a lawsuit Albert Ho was working on, and had nothing to do with politics. Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang condemned the attack, declaring that the attackers would be pursued to the "ends of the earth". Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee also condemned it.

It was also the first attack on a LegCo member since the Handover. On 12 October 2006, five suspects were arrested by police in Hong Kong and Zhongshan. Cheung Wing-ho, Leung Kwan-ping, Chan Chun-kit and Leung Fu-keung were all been charged with "wounding with intent". A 56-year-old man was also arrested while trying to board a plane.[4] Another suspect, a 77-year-old, was arrested on 3 November 2006, while trying to board a ferry to Macau. However, court proceedings were adjourned until 28 November because of the continuing investigations. The defendants were refused bail, as the magistrate perceived there was a serious flight risk. According to Next Magazine (Vol 870), these men were closely associated with Stanley Ho.

Views, policy positions and Legco voting[edit]

In June 2010, as party leader, he led negotiations with the government, and most notably with the Beijing government, on the 2012 constitutional reform package, persuading them to accept an amendment to have the five new District Council functional constituencies elected by popular vote, and then leading the effort to have his party support the proposal, ensuring its success.[5]

2012 Chief Executive election[edit]

Albert Ho announced in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong on 4 October 2011 that he would contest the 2012 Chief Executive election.[6] With the pan democrats securing an estimated 205 votes, Albert Ho took part in a pan-democrat primary election on 8 January 2012 against Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood lawmaker Frederick Fung and won.[7] Out of the 1,132 EC votes, Albert Ho came third with only 76. Leung Chun-ying was declared duly elected by the Returning Officer.[8]

2014 Hong Kong protests[edit]

In October 2014, during pro-democracy protests that began on 26 September, Albert Ho said he was prepared to take a bullet if demonstrations turn violent. He did not support violence in the cause of democracy, but was willing to make a "sacrifice" on behalf of young people "because the future belongs to them."[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lam, Lana (24 June 2013). "Hong Kong lawyer Albert Ho says 'middleman' urged Snowden to leave". South China Morning Post. 
  2. ^ Baseball bat attack on MP at democracy rally at the Wayback Machine (archived 13 March 2007), The Scotsman, 20 August 2006
  3. ^ SCMP, South China Morning Post article, "Assailant thumps lawmaker and shoves banana in his face". Retrieved 26 October 2008.
  4. ^ The Standard, "Suspect tailed Ho at protest, police claim", 11 November 2006
  5. ^ Cheers and jeers for political reform vote, South China Morning Post, Gary Cheung, Albert Wong and Fanny WY Fung, 25 June 2010
  6. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))何俊仁擬選特首 搞全民投票 Oriental Daily. 5 October 2011.
  7. ^ Lee, Diana. (13 December 2011). Pan-democrat camp ready for next fight The Standard.
  8. ^ Kaiman, Jonathan (25 March 2012). "Thousands protest pick for Hong Kong executive post". Los Angeles Times Archived from the original on 25 March 2012.
  9. ^ Ed Flanagan & Alastair Jamieson (2 October 2014). "Hong Kong's Albert Ho: I Will Take A Bullet For Democracy ". NBC News.
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Tang Siu-tong
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories West
Replaced by Provisional Legislative Council
New parliament Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories West
Succeeded by
Kwok Ka-ki
New constituency Member of Legislative Council
Representative for District Council
Party political offices
Preceded by
Law Chi-kwong
Vice Chairperson of Democratic Party
With: Lee Wing-tat (2002–2004)
Chan King-ming (2004–2006)
Succeeded by
Sin Chung-kai
Tik Chi-yuen
Preceded by
Lee Wing-tat
Chairperson of Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Emily Lau
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Lee Cheuk-yan
Chairman of the Alliance
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Andrew Cheung
Chief Judge of the High Court
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Lee Cheuk-yan
Member of the Legislative Council