Double-designation (in simplified Chinese 双规) is an investigation procedure in China where Party members confess or explain wrongdoings at a designated time and in a designated place. Such a measure is often a prelude to criminal charges.
Double-designation is only for Party members
"(The investigation team can) request relevant people to explain case-relevant wrongdoings at a designated time and in a designated place."
--- Third section, 28th provision,
Regulations of the Communist Party of China on Inspection Work of Disciplinary Inspection Organs
(promulgated on March 25, 1994)
|Playing for time
||Concealing or destroying evidence||
|Ganging up to make a false confession||Fleeing the country|
Double-designation restricts the freedom of a suspect prior to the judicial procedure
Double-designation is similar to house arrest in the following five ways
1. In a secret location
2. Under close watch
3. Given a limited budget for expenses
4. Loses personal freedom
5. The space is equipped with security devices, including concealed installation of electrical wires, a bathroom door that can not be locked from inside, is not conducive to suicides, and all sharp edges are covered with rubber. (For more photos about double-designation centers, click here)
Supporters say the double-designation procedure is a necessary method for the anti-corruption drive, while opponents challenge that Party members are also citizens and inner-Party regulations should not stand above the law.
1. (English) More transparency needed in corruption cases. China.org.cn. December 19, 2012.
2. (English) CPC official explains 'double designations'. People's Daily. September 26, 2006.