Since it first became a member of the Council in 2016, Panama has either voted in favour or has joined consensus on every resolution tabled under item 4 (situations that require the Council’s attention), For item 7 texts (human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories), Panama has either voted in favour of all texts (HRC31) or abstained on all texts (HRC34). On item 10 resolutions (capacity-building), Panama has joined consensus on all resolutions. In absence of consensus, it has voted in favour of such texts, including for those resolutions dealing with: cooperation with Georgia, and cooperation with and assistance to Ukraine in the field of human rights.
For thematic resolutions dealing with civil and political rights, Panama has generally joint consensus. Where there has been a vote, it has voted in favour of resolutions on: Protecting human rights defenders (Norway); human rights in the context of peaceful protests (Switzerland); sexual orientation and gender identity (Argentina, Uruguay); impact of arms transfers (Ecuador Peru); civil society space (Chile, Ireland); right to peace (Cuba); use of mercenaries (Cuba); transitional justice (Argentina); protection of human rights while countering terrorism (Mexico); and arbitrary detention (France). It has abstained on an Egyptian text on the effects of terrorism on human rights.
For thematic resolutions focusing on economic, social and cultural rights, Panama has either joined consensus on, or has voted in favour of nearly all adopted texts. The exceptions are its abstention on the African Group’s resolutions on the negative impact of the non-repatriation of illicit funds; China’s resolution on the contribution of development to the enjoyment of all human rights, and its vote against the Egyptian text on protection of the family.