The president of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said on Friday that Turkey was strengthening its democracy.
ECHR President Jean-Paul Costa said that Turkey, which had experienced military interventions in the past, was strengthening its democracy.
When the proportion of applications to the population of countries were taken into consideration, it could be seen that applications from Turkey was slightly over the average, Costa told a press conference in Interlaken, Switzerland.
Costa said even if applications from Turkey were various, the main problem stemmed from "historical" reasons like the political and social situation in the Southeastern Anatolia Region.
Turkey had made great progress in most of those issues, thanks to its recent reforms, Costa said.
Costa also said Turkey could progress more rapidly in its democratization efforts.
The Swiss Chairmanship of the Council of Europe's (COE) Committee of Ministers organized a conference on the future of European Court of Human Rights in Interlaken, Switzerland on February 18 and 19.
Human rights ministers from 47 COE member states gathered at the Casino Kursaal in Interlaken for the conference.
The aim of the conference was to reaffirm member states' commitment to protecting human rights in Europe, and their determination to enable the European Court of Human Rights, which is a vital cog in the protection mechanism, to cope with the growing volume of applications.
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