A protester holds a flag reading ‘Against Nazis’ at a rally against the far right in Germany [File: Felipe Trueba/EPA]

The UN’s special adviser on the prevention of genocide has said the rise of nationalist, far-right leaders in Europe was strongly reminiscent of the 1930s when the Nazis rose to power.

Adama Dieng urged Europe’s centre-left to do more to oppose a resurgence of xenophobia, alluding to a spreading backlash over an influx of migrants since 2015 that propelled far-right populists into national parliaments across Europe.

“We cannot allow human beings to be treated the way they are being treated. The signs of the ’30s are resurfacing,” Dieng, a Senegalese lawyer, told a media briefing in Geneva.

“Unless we are blind or of

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