The Swiss Federal Court has rejected a St Gallen cantonal commune's ban on wearing Muslim headscarves, or hijabs, in school.

Friday's decision finalises a case that began in 2013, when the school authorities of the commune of St Margrethen objected to 14-year-old Muslim student who wore her hijab to class. The school's complaint was based on a communal regulation banning the wearing of religious garments.

The cantonal administrative court refuted the school's protests after the student's parents refused to allow her to attend school without the hijab.

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