Residents of Barksoon village say the money the Canadian company who was then operating the mine claims it paid the government to compensate for the pollution was diverted.
Tursunbek Akun, who chairs President Kurmanbek Bakiev's Human Rights Commission, said that despite the recent change of regime the government still has obligations toward the victims of the environmental damage.
"All the demands of Barksoon villagers are right," Akun said. "[The government] has to pay compensation, it has to grant them an allowance and it has to take care of ill people there. At [the] time [of the accident], Kumtor Gold Company granted an allowance of 92 million soms (about $2 million). However, the money was misspent and it has not been traced yet."
The demonstrators say they will resume their protest movement if the government does not meet their demands within one month.
Kyrgyz Protests Continue Over Cyanide Pollution