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September 30, 2013

Dr. Albert Lincoln steps down as Secretary-General of the Baha’i International Community

Bahai World News Service, September 30, 2013 [Updated Sept. 31]

The Bahai International Community, or BIC, is an international non-governmental organization representing the members of the Bahai Faith to the world. It could be called the external affairs organisation for the Bahais around the world. One of its most important branches is the United Nations Office. Dr. Albert Lincoln, a former lawyer, has been its Secretary-General since 1994, representing the Baha’i community in international fora and interactions with Government representatives, diplomats, high officials and leaders of thought from many parts of the world. On September 30, the Bahai International Community announced that he is to step down. He is succeeded as Secretary-General by Joshua Lincoln who has a Ph.D. in international relations and has worked for the United Nations.

Dr. Albert Lincoln was born in the United States in 1945. He received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and during his professional career worked as a lawyer in four countries (France, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire), three languages, and many different fields of law, ranging from human rights, intellectual property and natural resources to torts and criminal law.

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  1. Are Albert and Joshua Lincoln related to one another or to President Abraham Lincoln?
    Baha’i love

    Comment by Paul Desailly — August 5, 2015 @ 05:41 | Reply

    • Joshua is Albert’s son, and the image of his father too. Lincoln is a cathedral town in central England, so it is a common family name.

      Comment by Sen — August 5, 2015 @ 10:39 | Reply

  2. Hi Sen
    My lack of tech skills resulted in a failure to receive your last post about the Lincolns – until my 12 y o son clicked the right icons etc.
    Is it just a coincidence that the younger Lincoln is now filling the number 1 BIC position formerly held by his father?
    Do you know if the House or the NSA or elections are held vis-a-vis senior positions at the BIC?
    Baha’i love
    Paul (Adelaide, Australia)

    Comment by Paul Desailly — August 30, 2015 @ 01:44 | Reply

    • Hereditary positions are not unknown in the Bahai community. The Guardianship was designed that way, and the custodianship of the House of the Bab in Shiraz and of the Huququllah funds remained in the respective families for several generations. Those were positions that were intended to be life-long, which is not the case with BIC appointments, which are for terms of several years. If Lincoln the younger had a strong grasp of his father’s work and current projects, and had been assisting his father with current projects, it might make practical sense for him to take over in the short term. And if he makes a good job of it, and can suspend his other career for some time, there’s no reason why his term should not be extended. When a family has developed specific knowledge, it would be a waste of social capital not to take that into account when looking for a replacement. This is part of the justification for the hereditary Guardianship: it offered “the means required to enable it to take a long, an uninterrupted view over a series of generations.” (Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Baha’u’llah, p. 148)

      Comment by Sen — August 30, 2015 @ 13:11 | Reply

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