The so-called “draft decision” reviewed by Reuters is so far backed by the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Norway, diplomats said. It seeks a debate during the council’s next session that begins in February.
China might seek to dismiss it with a no action motion.
The 47-member council is split over the allegations against China, which has deep economic ties with many developing countries and is seeking their support.
The Western-led call for a debate falls short of a resolution which could have sought a Xinjiang probe, although this could be raised later.
Uyghurs held protests outside the UN Geneva office last week calling for action next to the photographs of those they say are being detained.
“My ask is clear to the international community – I ask you to intervene,” said Gulbahar Haitiwaji, a former Uyghur detainee who spent three years in internment camps. “I implore you to save us from this tyranny.”
China has been seeking to rally support against any Western-led action, although initial efforts fell short of expectations, with so far fewer than 10 voting members of the council backing a statement criticising the UN rights report.