Sentinel Project: Central Commission for Discipline Inspection

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) is the premier law enforcement, anti-corruption, and internal control body of the Chinese Communist Party. Enshrined with the authority to enforce party and state rules, regulations, and laws, the CCDI serves as the most powerful anti-corruption group in the People’s Republic of China. The body’s exact jurisdiction is loosely defined in law, giving it freedom to maneuver when the situation dictates. In the past, it has largely focused on cases where a suspect breached party policy or state law.

The CCDI is an extremely secretive organization. If fact, the Chinese government refuses to print the location of its headquarters on tourism maps. It is commonplace to see guards chasing away photographers from the facility's nine-foot walls and roving patrols clearing the surrounding streets of onlookers.

Agents of the CCDI have previously utilized torture to solicit information from targets, including beatings, sleep deprivation, cigarette burns, and waterboarding.

Last updated on Friday, July 3, 2020.