'A jihadist group in Syria has demanded that Christians in the northern city of Raqqa pay a levy in gold and accept curbs on their faith, or face death.
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) said it would give Christian residents "protection" if they agreed to the list of conditions.
Correspondents say ISIS is trying to implement an extreme interpretation of Islamic law in areas it controls.
The directive from ISIS, citing the Islamic concept of "dhimma", requires Christians in the city to pay tax of around half an ounce (14g) of pure gold in exchange for their safety.
It says Christians must not make renovations to churches, display crosses or other religious symbols outside churches, ring church bells or pray in public.
Christians must not carry arms, and must follow other rules imposed by ISIS (also known as ISIL) on their daily lives.
The statement said the group had met Christian representatives and offered them three choices - they could convert to Islam, accept ISIS' conditions, or reject their control and risk being killed.
"If they reject, they are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword," the statement said.
A group of 20 Christian leaders chose to accept the new set of rules, ISIS said.
Many Christians fled after ISIS started attacking and burning churches. '
Several things strike me about this report:
1. Where are the human rights organisations protesting this attack on freedom of religion? The organisations that are always ready to condemn Israel for any perceived slight on Islam.
2. Where's the United Nations outrage?
3. Where's the headline news on the BBC or in The Guardian or Independent that would appear if Israel stopped one Muslim from worshipping exactly where he wanted?
The lack of outrage from the above organisations would almost make one believe that they were in some way biased against Israel.