They are one of the citizen participation mechanisms contemplated by the United States - Panama TPA
Who can file a submission?
Submissions can be filed by any person from any party, and it implies a written submission in which, after identifying themselves, the facts or circumstances that could be considered a failure in the effective enforcement of environmental law are described.
What parameters must the submission fulfill?
The submission may be filed in English or Spanish, providing the information and necessary evidence in which it is based. Once the submission has been filed before the Secretariat, and if it complies with the requirements, appears to be aimed at promoting law enforcement, a report will be required to the corresponding Party.