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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 

Evading investigation

 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
usually a quiet space and not a house of detention for judicial use  

2. Under close watch
to cut off contact with the outside world and avoid suicide or self-immolation

3. Given a limited budget for expenses
100-200 yuan at the city or county level

4. Loses personal freedom
loss of personal freedom and required to reflect on wrongdoings and write them down 


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.

External links

1. (English) More transparency needed in corruption December 19, 2012.

2. (English) CPC official explains 'double designations'. People's Daily. September 26, 2006.