"Shock and alarm" over sentencing of Al Jazeera journalistsListen /
The heavy jail sentences handed down to Al Jazeera journalists by an Egyptian court on Monday has "shocked and alarmed" the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The three journalists, sentenced to 7 to 10 years, were working for the Doha-based media house funded by the ruling family of Qatar.
According to media reports, they are accused of aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
The court had earlier issued the death penalty for 183 Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters during a mass trial.
Ms Navi Pillay said the verdicts follow a "string of prosecutions and court proceedings which have been rife with procedural irregularities".
She also said the proceedings were in breach of international human rights law and were subject to appeal.
The High Commissioner also expressed her alarm at the increasingly severe clampdown and physical attacks on both media and civil society activists in Egypt, which is hampering their ability to operate freely.
Six journalists have been killed in Egypt since August 2013.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.