2017 Democracy Award Honorees

Khalil Parsa, Afghanistan

Khalil Parsa is a key human rights advocate and anti-corruption leader in Afghanistan. He is the founder and executive director of Supporting Organization for Afghanistan Civil Society (SOACS), a NED grantee that promotes good governance and accountability in the Herat province. His multifaceted initiative mobilizes civic groups and encourages public participation to combat corruption. Due to his work, he was the target of an assassination attempt in October 2016. Shot six times, he was fortunate to survive. He relocated to India with his wife and two children while undergoing medical treatments. His wife is also a civic activist. Khalil arrived at NED in April 2017 as an emergency Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow.

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