Face of the democracy movement

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 September, 2005, 12:00am

Martin Lee Chu-ming, the face of Hong Kong's democracy movement internationally, was born in Hong Kong on June 8, 1938.

The barrister was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1979, and chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association from 1980 to 1983.

He entered politics in 1985 when he was elected into Legco to represent Hong Kong Island. He was a member of the Basic Law Drafting Committee from 1985 until his expulsion after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

The legislator, who is married and has a son, founded the Democratic Party in October 1994. Before that he chaired the United Democrats of Hong Kong. Mr Lee led the Democrats until 2002, when he was succeeded by Yeung Sum.

Mr Lee's campaign for democracy has won him several awards, including the 1995 International Human Rights Award by the American Bar Association, the Democracy Award of the US National Endowment for Democracy in 1997 and the Schuman Medal in 2000.