A wide view of a meeting during the 41st Session of the Human Rights Council on July 12, 2019. Photo by: Jean-Marc Ferré / U.N.

CANBERRA — Australia began its three-year term on the U.N. Human Rights Council in January 2018 — the first country from the Pacific region to serve as a non-permanent member.

Australia’s tenure on the panel has come at a time when geopolitics and protectionism are seeing dramatic upheavals in the HRC — including the withdrawal of the U.S. in June last year citing bias against Israel. But how has Australia performed in the face of these challenges?

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.