The Act Party plans to ask Parliament to debate a motion to declare China's oppression of the Uighur ethnic minority an act of "genocide".
Its motion would ask MPs to vote on whether human rights abuses in the Chinese region of Xinjiang amount to genocide, a move that could compel the Government to take stronger action in condemning the nation, Stuff reports.
Similar motions have passed in the UK and Canada.
The 1948 United Nations genocide convention defines genocide as acts "committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethical, racial or religious group", which can take place in times of war or peace.
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