Turkish State Minister Faruk Celik said on Friday that Turkey had made a remarkable progress in reaching the universal standards concerning human rights and freedoms in recent years.
Speaking at a parliamentary session in capital Ankara, Celik said human rights violations kept taking place all over the world despite the transformation processes experienced so far and the maturity level reached by humanity.
Pointing to the declarations on human rights released throughout history, Celik said such documents constituted the foundation for today's state of law and understanding of democracy and human rights.
"Despite its history of declarations and conventions, the West is still the venue of many human rights violations such as discrimination, isolation, violence, Islamaphobia and deportation of migrants and gypsies," Celik said.
The minister noted that Turkey, in the light of the goals set by its constitution, had made an important progress in reaching the universal standards on human rights and freedoms in the last 8 years.
Celik said human rights and freedoms had become a part of daily life in Turkey, moreover, the reform process in such area had gained a significant momentum since 2009.
Celik said that assurance of human rights could not be achieved through legal regulations only, adding executors of such laws should also adjust themselves to universal principles.
"Education is of great importance to achieve such goal," the minister added.
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