Meet Klemens Arro, New Member of the Estonian Human Rights Centre’s Council

Since last week, the Estonian Human Rights Centre’s council has a new member – Klemens Arro, the head of the IT company ADM Cloudtech. Although Klemens is far from a stranger to EHRC – in addition to being a long-time regular donor and participating in various data protection studies, ADM Cloudtech has joined the diversity charter, received the diverse workplace label, and helped pro bono to update EHRC’s IT systems and intranet – we still took the opportunity to ask him a few questions. Happy reading and welcome, Klemens!

Three words that first come to mind with human rights. Why these?

“Me”. Not personally me, but every person’s me. Human rights are designed to ensure both the basic rights and freedoms of each individual and all people at once. Therefore, “me” is fundamentally connected to human rights, originating from it.

“Equality”. Human rights create (in an ideal world, should create) equal opportunities and rights for life for everyone. On this, a person can build their own “me” throughout their life.

“Underestimated”. Surprisingly, human rights are somewhat of a polarizing topic. Yet, they are something that every person in the world needs, and which, fortunately, most of us have on a daily basis. I think the underestimation of the importance of human rights comes simply from ignorance of what these “mystical” human rights actually are. In some ways, it’s even a good indicator – it seems we have become so accustomed to these rights that a significant portion of society does not see the need to know them or fear losing them. Unfortunately, there are still many different groups and individuals who need help to achieve the same security and confidence.

What, in your opinion, is the role of EHRC in Estonia today?

Today’s society, both in Estonia and around the world, is relatively polarized. The victims tend to be the weaker ones, who already have fewer opportunities to protect their rights. Also, complex periods tend to be exploited to restrict the rights of the entire society, whether for consolidating power or for economic interests.

EHRC has maintained a position through hard and diligent work where it can help those who would otherwise likely remain without help or are not provided equal opportunities as others. EHRC can also monitor that human rights are not restricted.

Thus, the role of EHRC is to oversee the correct implementation of human rights and assist those whose human rights are infringed. It is also important to educate society to reduce polarization around human rights topics.

How do you hope to contribute to EHRC’s work based on your background and experience?

My previous experiences in technology, business, and management have given me valuable skills and knowledge that I plan to apply to strengthen the strategy and daily operations of EHRC. I believe that my professional background allows me to bring unique perspectives to the table, contributing to the formation and achievement of EHRC’s long-term goals. Additionally, thanks to my experience, I can help increase the organizational efficiency of EHRC, making us even more effective in defending and promoting human rights.

Important is also my desire and commitment to promote human rights more broadly, especially among those who currently cannot fully enjoy them.

You have been associated with EHRC for quite a while as a regular donor. Does and what does donation give to the donor based on your experience?

What donation gives to the donor themselves depends very much on what is being donated for and who the donor is. This can vary from a good feeling to standing up for one’s rights. I personally donate purposefully, and I am a regular donor in several places, both in Estonia and further afield. I mostly donate to organizations and programs that touch my heart the most.

The Estonian Human Rights Centre stands up for my rights among others. Being part of a minority group, I highly appreciate this. Besides, it has always seemed natural to me to contribute in whatever way I can at any stage of life.

To generalize a bit, donation is a powerful way for each of us to contribute to making society better. Society is us. By supporting organizations and goals that work for a better future for all of us, you contribute to important changes.

In addition to helping achieve important goals, as a donor, I also feel personal satisfaction and participation in creating a fairer and more inclusive society. Donating is also an investment in the future, showing that I care and actively participate in societal changes. By contributing to positive changes, a donor strengthens their values and identity, which is invaluable in anyone’s life.

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It is important to protect everyone’s human rights, because it helps to keep stability and peace in the society. There are many challenges for protection of human rights in Estonia: intolerance has really come out of the closet. Bad things happen when good people are too passive, but together we can make a change.

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